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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.
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.

 

92 — Beverage Dynamics — January, 2016

Long known for their elegant wines. the Artesa pinot noir does not disappoint. With red and black fruit on the nose and palate, the wine has plenty of character and the flavor profile of a winning wine. A long and balanced finish contributes to its obvious level of quality.

91 — Tastings.com — December, 2013

Ruby color. Bright aromas of spicy sour cherry pie, toasty chocolate granola and coffee beans and grilled apples with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory beet, roasted nut and blood orange accented finish. Very precise and chiseled flavors and acidity that will shine at the table.

90 — Planet Grape — July, 2017

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

90 — Tastings.com — December, 2013

Ruby color. Aromas of sour cherry compote, supple leather purse and faint pickled beets with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless blackberry and herb accented finish. A effortless sipper or table companion.

90 — Planet Grape — July, 2017

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

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.

87 — Tastings.com — April, 2015

Bright clear medium light garnet color. Fruity, inviting aromas of red rhubarb, cranberries, pressed linen, and tart cherries with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannings and light oak.

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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Everything begins in the vineyards. That's why our winemaker... (Read More)