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Artesa Chardonnay Carneros 2009

Member Review by jbriseno:

Fantastic Chardonnay, Classic California at its best.

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Artesa Vineyards & Winery:
Artesa is Napa's newest, most exciting winery. Our 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... Read more
Artesa is Napa's newest, most exciting winery. Our 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 our owner, Codorníu, one of the world's largest and oldest wineries. The Codorníu Group actually consists of eight spectacular wineries whose wines are enjoyed daily in over 100 countries around the world. So, while we are Napa's newest, our heritage is rich. We share five centuries of history with 15 generations of a remarkable winemaking family. Read less

Member Reviews for Artesa Chardonnay Carneros

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Snooth User: jbriseno
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4.00 5
11/21/2011

Fantastic Chardonnay, Classic California at its best.


Snooth User: drquinn
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4.00 5
12/18/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Artesa Chardonnay Carneros

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Classic Carneros Chard. Aromas of apples and peaches veering into tropical fruit lead to bright, well-etched fruity flavors in the mouth. Spices, too, and smoky vanilla from oak. Malolactic fermentation and lees aging create a round, creamy feel, and the finish is spicy and smooth.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Serves up a tasty core of spice, floral and anise-laced pear and nectarine flavors. Offers depth and richness, but also firm acidity. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

WE 91pts. - According to the Wine Enthusiast: Artesa s dual fermentation approach, in which oak-barrel and stainless- steel-tank fermentation are used, has resulted in this startlingly appealing Chardonnay. Braced with Carneros acidity, it shows mineral infused orange, lemon and mango flavors, with a smooth coating of toasty oak. Winemaker Notes - A brilliant straw yellow, this Chardonnay opens with heady aromas of lime, apple, apricot and pineapple, spiked with appealing hints of honeysuckle, oregano and tarragon. Its lively entry from the wine s natural acidity is accompanied by layers of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. An underlying mineral component, along with the subtle influence of French oak, adds intrigue. This is a classic Carneros Chardonnay, finishing crisply and beckoning for another taste.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Alluring for its creamy texture and complex mix of vanilla, orange blossom, spice and tangerine flavors. Full-bodied, spicy and elegant. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Ripe apple and pear varietal character highlighted with typical Carneros traits of tropical fruit and rich citrus. The palate is broad with creamy vanilla, complex fruit, and a long, juicy finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Intense and spicy, with floral, hazelnut, honeysuckle and melon flavors that are pure, focused, complex and lingering. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A beautifully elegant, refined Chardonnay. Because itrsquo;s not overloaded with oak, it displays the basic finesse of the grapes from this cool-climate vineyard. Crisp and dry, itrsquo;s rich and complex in citrus, tropical fruit, peach, mineral and honeysuckle flavors, at a fair price.


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