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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Artesa Carneros Pinot Noir 2004
Artesa Carneros Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 86419)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Carneros Estate covers over 150 acres of rolling hillsides. We planted several Dijon clones and special field selections to give a broader spectrum of flavors from which to craft our Pinot Noir. Our cool Carneros fog shrouded summer mornings provide the fruit intensity of his wine and our California sunshine provides the mouth filling richness.

This Pinot has bright raspberry and cherry aromas, which are complimented by aromas and hints of vanilla, cinnamon, roasting coffee, chocolate and cedar. Good mid-palate weight and a silky finish make this wine a tactile joy as it melts away like chocolate in your mouth. While this wine has the suppleness to enjoy by itself, it excels when paired with food.

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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.