Artesa Pinot Noir California 2005
A refined expression of great Carneros Pinot Noir. This wine is beautifully balanced and subtle. Intertwined aromas of raspberry, cherry and red currant are forefront from start to finish. Seamlessly multi-layered with fruit and oak spices of clove, nutmeg and smoke that melt into a lingering berry and vanillin oak finish. The gentle tingle of acid keeps the berry fruits lively, will complement food and enable this wine to age gracefully.
Ruby to cherry color. Bright fruit nose with cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Clear, fruity, and mildly sweet on the attack followed by subtler raspberry notes; very mild oak as it opens. Medium finish with clove or cinnamon spiciness, mild tannins. Light but adequate texture with a slightly crisp mouth feel. Slightly acidic. Slightly crisp, autumnal character, maybe best paired with turkey dinner or the like. Light but distinct flavor, some complexity, just enough body to be drinkable on its own.
Three and a half glasses