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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 105986)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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.