Artesa Russian River Pinot Noir 1997

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Winemaker Notes

This Pinot Noir presents an abundance of delightfully fresh, ripe cherry and raspberry aromas. The wine is rich and very polished on the palate, imparting a sweet, juicy impression with perfectly ripe cherry and cranberry flavors and hints of varietal spice and French oak nuances on a lengthy finish.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The expressive, medium ruby-colored 1997 Pinot Noir Russian River offers an evolved, fragrant bouquet of prunes, plums, smoked meat, and red berry fruit. A lush texture, medium body, fine glycerin, and ripe, jammy fruit with abundant spice, herb, and smoke are hallmarks of this attractive, fully mature Pinot Noir.
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Artesa Vineyards and Winery, California
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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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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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