Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The Artesa Carneros Chardonnay is first and foremost about aromatics, and the techniques used 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, imparting hints of cedar and honey and wrapping the flavors in a rich, generously-textured mouthfeel.
"2012 won high praise from vintners even before harvest began, and, if we still see Chardonnay as something of a mixed bag in the vintage, this absolutely delectable offering hits all the right fruity marks and then goes several steps more. It is deep in very precise, optimally ripened appley fruit, and it is decked out with plenty of sweet oak, and, if still a bit ragged around the edges, it is nicely balanced and is waiting to grow. It will need another year in which to better knit together, but it should improve for several more, and it gets thumbs up for fine value."
Rich & Creamy
One of my favorites. Vanilla, caramel, nutty undertones.
Rich & Creamy
My Vongole al Forno.. Middlenecks, topped with Florentine spinach
An excellent consistent effort. Right balance of high quality juice, lees, oak and a good winemakers influence. A great value on the Wine Shopper site..
I just don't see it. 4 stars ??? This is one of the weakest Chardonnays I tasted in the last 20 years. It has no finess, no body and is totally overwhelmed by acidity. It's a lousy representative for the Carneros-area. The regular Kendall Jackson Vinters Reserve at half the price beats this disappointing wine by a landslide. I'm using the other 3 bottlesd as cooking wine !!! It will work well next winter in a cheese fondue !
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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)...
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Learn About Carneros
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.
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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