Artesa Estate Pinot Noir 2016
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.
Pair with fennel-garlic crusted pork loin or French chevre cheese.
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The pale to medium ruby-purple colored 2016 Pinot Noir Estate reveals notes of warm cranberries, kirsch and wild strawberries with touches of underbrush and bay leaves. Medium-bodied with a firm, fine-grained frame, it has oodles of freshness lifting the vibrant red berry flavors to a long finish.
This soft, smooth estate wine is forward in tart red fruit, supported by pillowy tannins and well-balanced acidity. There are welcome flavors of cherry and strawberry that flirt with pomegranate and rhubarb.
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.
Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.