External Reviews for Artesa Chardonnay Carneros
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intense and spicy, with floral, hazelnut, honeysuckle and melon flavors that are pure, focused, complex and lingering. Drink now through 2013.
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.