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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2011
Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 118168)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Carneros Chardonnay is first and foremost about aromatics, and the techniques use are designed to retain the signature Carneros aromas of lemon-citrus and white blossom while accentuating the minerality and vivid, fresh fruit flavors of citrus and stone fruits in the wine. Partial barrel fermentation, malolactic and lees stirring create layers affect, imparting hints of cedar and honey and wrapping the flavors in a rich, generously-textured mouthfeel.
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About Artesa Vineyards and Winery:

Artesa's architecturally-acclaimed facility opened as Codorniu Napa in 1991, dedicated solely to méthode 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) means "craftsman" and connotes "handcrafted" in Catalan, language of Barcelona and their owner, Codorníu, one of the world's largest and oldest wineries. The Codorníu Group actually consists of six spectacular wineries whose wines are enjoyed daily in over 100 countries around the globe. So, while Artesa is a relative newcomer to Napa, their heritage is rich. They share five centuries of history with 15 generations of a remarkable winemaking family.