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.
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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... more
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Bright red fruits are the initial impact of this Pinot Noir. Raspberry, strawberry, and bing cherry set the tone and the bright acidity from the cool 2010 season give the wine a wonderful balance on the palate. There is a hint of rose petals and violets lending a nice floral component. The oak is... more
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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... more
One of the most important aspects of making Pinot Noir is knowing when to press off the skins following fermentation. My attitude is to live by our senses, not by chemistry. I'm not trying to hit a number; I'm trying to hit a certain flavor and tannin profile. In addition to its base of... more
Crisp and mouthwatering offering pear, apricot, lime and apple streaked with notes of oregano,
tarragon, and hints of vanilla and honey. The vivid citrus and tropical fruit flavors are delicately
wrapped in a rich and generously-textured mouthfeel. Mature acids hold the wine's structure and... more
Mouthwatering notes of raspberry, cherry and blueberry mingle with anise, sage and cinnamon in the alluring and fragrant aromas. A vibrant entry leads to layers of intense red berry flavors. The wine's delightful Carneros acidity supports the structure while pleasant tannins add depth to the... more
The Chardonnay vineyards for this blend span the entire cool climate Carneros appellation, where
temperatures are moderated by persistent morning fog, cool afternoon breezes and the adjoining
San Pablo Bay. During growing season the sun burns off fog by late morning and the temperatures
With Pinot Noir, I worry about aromatics first, color second. Our open top fermenters with the pneumatic punch down devices are key to achieving this vision. Rather than beating up the wine during fermentation the way pumping over can do, this tool gently extracts flavor and color but leaves the... more
With a dazzling ruby color this wine greets the taster with beautiful aromas of cherry, raspberry and plum sprinkled with cinnamon, leather and a hint of caramel. A vibrant entry leads to layers of ripe, red berry flavors that are brightened with a delectable acidity that lengthens the finish.... more
The color of this wine is bright straw yellow. Luscious aromas of lime, orange peel, apricot, mango, honeysuckle and lemon zest jumps out of the glass. Hints of thyme and cardamom as well as custard and caramel notes make this wine very attractive. Exotic tropical fruit flavor expands on the... more
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
Lemon blossoms, green apple, ripe pineapple and honeydew melon are front and center in this Chardonnay. This crisp fruitiness is combined with nuances of vanilla topped cream brulee, butter, and toasted oak making this wine both easy to enjoy and seductively complex. Silky supple with lingering... more