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High on a hilltop in Southern Napa Valley, Artesa Winery overlooks the renowned appellation of Carneros.
Carneros Estate Vineyards: Carneros is renowned for its cool climate because of its proximity to San Pablo Bay. Spanning the southernmost portions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County, the temperatures, shallow soils and rolling hills, make it ideally suited for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Artesa sits on a hill with panoramic views of Napa Valley and is surrounded by 350 acres of estate vineyards that are comprised of a complex series of small, ultra-premium blocks where varietals are matched with soil types, topography and sun exposure. The diverse terrain features hillside slopes that taper off as sea level approaches. Reaching the highest elevations in Carneros, most vineyards are planted at altitudes between 200 to 400 feet in soils that range from shallow clay to thin, gravelly loam. Vines struggle for water and nutrients; crop sizes are small, yielding limited quantities of highly concentrated fruit.

In the 1980s, the historic Spanish winemaking family Codorníu Raventós began to acquire and develop vineyard land in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Opened in 1991 as Codorníu Napa, a sparkling wine house, the winery ultimately transitioned to producing still wines as successive vintages revealed the quality and potential of the family's vineyard holdings. The winery was renamed Artesa - Catalan for "handcrafted" - in 1997, and has since become a leading producer of artisan wines from the varietals for which Carneros and Napa Valley are best known: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Codorníu Raventós is still family owned and is the oldest company in Spain with a winemaking legacy in the Penedès region near Barcelona that dates back to 1551. Today, Codorníu Raventós owns wineries in Spain, Argentina and California, and brings generations of expertise to Artesa.
96 — SF International Wine Competition — July, 2017

Double Gold

92 — Tastings.com — April, 2016

Bright medium gold color. Bright, fruity, fresh oaky aromas of green apples - pineapple, shellac - varnish, underbrush - garrigue, and lemon pith with a lively, dryish full body and a peppery, intricate, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and light oak.

 

91 — James Suckling — April, 2017

Lemon curd and pear aromas follow through to full body, slightly oily texture but lots of intense dried lime and apple character. Bigger, denser style. Old Napa. Drink now.

90 — Planet Grape — July, 2017

Fresh, silky and dry with notes of lemon, cantaloupe, banana, vanilla, chamomile, lanolin and sea spray.

90 — Planet Grape — July, 2017

Full and lightly pithy and chewy with notes of grilled pineapple, lemon meringue, biscotti and crème caramel.

90 — Wine Enthusiast — December, 2017

This red-fruit-dominated Pinot Noir is a tart, tannic embrace of earthy minerality, with a tease of citrus. Bright, persistent acidity keeps it fresh and forgiving, making it balanced and food-friendly.

90 — Wine Enthusiast — December, 2017

Nicely integrated, this large production wine is a fantastic deal for the quality, delivering layers of apple and Meyer lemon flavors within a frame of juicy acidity and balanced oak. A tease of nutmeg-dusted apricot lingers on the finish.

90 — California Grapevine — October, 2017

Medium-light ruby; attractive, raspberry and black cherry fruit aroma with floral notes and hints of baking spices; medium body; elegantly styled, red fruit flavors with bright acidity and pleasing richness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very appealing to drink now and over the next year or two. Very highly recommended.

89 — Tastings.com — May, 2015

Bright dusty garnet color. Bright, attractive, savory aromas of roasted berries and nuts, caramelized bacon, and peppercorns with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long marinated beet and reduced lemon finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A nice, dry, savory pinot for the table.

THE WINEMAKER
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Ana Diogo Draper, Artesa Director of Winemaking. (Read More)
WINE MAKING
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THE VINEYARD
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