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Artesa Chardonnay Carneros Reserve 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich and racy, this Chardonnay unfolds with heady aromas of pear, apricot, kiwi, and apple that lead to layers of tropical and citrus fruit flavors on the palate. A firm acidic backbone provides lively structure, while the natural sweetness from aging sur lies enriches the texture and mouth feel. Spicy aromatic notes of cardamom and cumin hint at a deeper complexity as the wine develops and lingers through a long, satisfying finish.

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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

Rich and racy, this Chardonnay unfolds with heady aromas of pear, apricot, kiwi, and apple that lead to layers of tropical and citrus fruit flavors on the palate. A firm acidic backbone provides lively structure, while the natural sweetness from aging sur lies enriches the texture and mouth feel. Spicy aromatic notes of cardamom and cumin hint at a deeper complexity as the wine develops and lingers through a long, satisfying finish.

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