Artesa Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Our grape sources are from four vineyards in four distinct growing areas that span the Napa Valley: Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain, Lovall Valley, and Calistoga. They offer great diversity - from the high altitude intensity of our granite grown Atlas Peak vineyard to the red volcanic soils of Howell Mountain, to the gravelly soils of our warm Calistoga site, to the clay-loam soils of the cooler climate in Lovall Valley (a small elevated valley at the base of Mount Veeder between Napa and Sonoma). Our winemaker and viticulturalist visited each vineyard multiple times to monitor the critical interplay of vine and viticulture. Each block was picked under the direction of the winemaker to insure optimal ripeness and flavor.
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.
One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.
Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.