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Artesa Sonoma Merlot 1998

Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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Dense, rich, ripe aromas of lush black plums, black cherries, red fruits and spice abound in the nose of this Merlot. The wine's elegant palate entry blossoms into full, ripe plummy flavors and a long, exotic finish with cranberry jam, spice, vanilla and oak toast throughout.

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Artesa Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma County, 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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