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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
2008 was another drought year in Napa Valley, making the vines relatively less vigorous with
smaller berries. Bud break in Artesa's Carneros vineyard occurred the usual time -- from mid to
late March -- but a severe frost limited the crop size even further. The vineyard team worked hard
through the season to ensure even ripeness among the berries. A long heat spell the first week of
September signaled the beginning of harvest, however the temperature soon dropped drastically
and the weather stayed cool and dry for the rest of the month. Our estate Pinot Noir grapes were
hand harvested in September at full maturity.
Heady aromas of raspberry, cherry and wild strawberry jump from the glass, tinged with notes
of anise and coriander. Pure and vibrant, the wine delivers sweet red cherry and berry flavors that
pick up spicy notes of clove and cinnamon and a hint of toffee on the finish. Fruit concentration,
bright acidity and velvety tannins are the hallmarks of this estate-grown Pinot Noir.
"Starting off with focused red cherry aromas and following from there with nuances of dried spices hinting at nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon, the wine fully lives up to its fine aromatic start by delivering flavors that are at once reasonably deep yet vital and impeccably balanced and fairly long at the finish. Although not a wine of great sinew, it is firm and brisk at this point and has the stuff to age well for three to five years."
"Spicy and rich, with ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry flavors. There's good intensity and depth, with firm tannins and a tight focus. Finishes with a dash of smoky notes. Drink now through 2019. 4,028 cases made."
Artesa's architecturally-acclaimed facility opened as Codorniu Napa in 1991, dedicated solely to methode champenoise sparkling wine production. But in 1997, with the arrival of a world-class winemaker and a $10 million conversion, the winery shifted focus dramatically. Artesa was born with the inaugural release of ultra-premium still wines in September 1999. Artesa (ahr TESS uh)...Read More About Artesa
Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Both Chardonnay...Read More About Carneros
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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