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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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About This Wine: This is a mountain Cabernet in all its glory, with blackberry, cassis, and plum aromas vying with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, mocha and clove. A substantial entry leads to concentrated, showy dark fruit favors that bear the stamp of Napa Valley; rich, supple tannins provide a relaxed texture and a satisfying heft in the mouth. A hint of vanilla-spiced oak adds complexity to this bold, racy Cabernet Sauvignon.<br/><br/> <strong>The 2008 Vintage:</strong> A dry winter and warm, dry spring brought an early start to the 2007 growing season in Napa Valley and the vines set a relatively small crop. Weather throughout the summer months was even, with typically warm days and cool nights; there were no heat spikes in August or September save for a hot spell during Labor Day weekend. Cooler weather set in starting mid-September through October, slowing the pace of ripening, but sunny days and cool nights resulted in exceptional grape color and favor concentration. Many vintners agree that the somewhat Bordeaux-like 2007 vintage is a good candidate for aging as it gradually opens up to express its full beauty.<br/><br/> <strong>About The Vineyard:</strong> The grapes in this Limited Release blend were sourced from two mountain vineyards: our Foss Valley Vineyard, which sits above the Napa Valley foor at nearly 1500 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation, and the Butala Vineyard, located in the valley’s southeastern hills at 800 feet above sea level. Because these rocky sites drain the spring rains so quickly, the vines’ grapes stop growing early in the season, though favors and aromatics continue to develop. The resulting small but intensely-favored berries from these vineyards are responsible for the concentrated favors and frm structure of this blend.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking:</strong> Harvested by hand at night, the grapes from both vineyards were brought to the winery where the clusters were de-stemmed and crushed. Prior to fermentation, the fruit rested in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for thirty days, gently extracting color, favor and tannin from the grape skins in a process known as extended maceration. When the proper tannin level had been achieved, the temperature on the tanks was raised so that fermentation could begin. Kept in separate lots by vineyard, the wine was fermented dry and placed in small, French oak barrels (40% new) for a 24-month aging program, with twice-yearly rackings prior to bottling.<br/><br/> About The 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> The Codorníu Group actually consists of eight spectacular wineries whose wines are enjoyed daily in over 100 countries around the world.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Artesa Winery Vice President of Production and Winemaking A fifth generation winemaker from Napa Valley, award-winning winemaker, Mark Beringer, is proud to continue a family tradition of making high quality wines in California's premier AVA's. As the great, great grandson of Beringer Winery co-founder, Jacob Beringer, Mark has always aspired to make his contribution to California winemaking. He grew up immersed in the wine industry and knew from a very young age that winemaking was his calling.<br/><br/> At 12, Mark went to work at his parent's local wine shop stocking shelves and dusting bottles. It was there that he quickly became versed in the complicated language of wine only to discover that all wines are not created equal. Yearning for more hands-on experience, Mark went on to learn the ins and outs of bottling, sanitation, barrel work and harvesting while working at his uncle's winery while attending Santa Rosa JC, and later at California State University, Fresno where he graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in Enology. After graduation Mark joined the winemaking team at Glen Ellen Winery and spent the next year and a half learning the logistical side of winemaking at a larger volume winery.<br/><br/> In 1992, Mark was recruited by Dan Duckhorn to join the Duckhorn winery team as an enologist and to provide support to Tom Rinaldi. Mark welcomed the opportunity to return to the type of artisanal winemaking he was so passionate about. When Duckhorn Wine Company decided to expand its portfolio beyond the Bordeaux varieties in 1994, Mark was chosen to head up the project to launch Paraduxx, a unique blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Goldeneye, the winery's Burgundy style wines from Anderson Valley.<br/><br/> In 1996, Mark was promoted to Vice President of Production and took on the tasks of managing a multi-brand, multi-facility company. In 1998, Mark was named Winemaker and in 2000, was promoted to Director of Winemaking. In 2005, The San Francisco Chronicle named Mark Winemaker of the Year for his work at Duckhorn Vineyards.<br/><br/> During Mark's tenure at Duckhorn Wine Company he garnered two Winery of the Year titles from Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine, was named four times Regional Winery of the Year by Wine Spirits Magazine and won the #6 rated wine of the year in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2002 with the Duckhorn Vineyards 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.<br/><br/> In 2008, Mark founded Mark Beringer Consulting, working on a variety of projects within the wine industry before joining Artesa Vineyards and Winery as Vice President of Production and Winemaking in February, 2009.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal Composition:</strong> 100% Cabernet Sauvignon<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyards:</strong> Foss Valley Vineyard, Butala Vineyard<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest:</strong> October 2007; average sugar at harvest, 26.1° brix<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.7%<br/><br/> <strong>RS:</strong> 0.02%<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 6.9 g/l<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.54<br/><br/> <strong>Cooperage:</strong> Aged for 24 months in 40% new, 60% used French oak barrels<br/><br/>

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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

About This Wine: This is a mountain Cabernet in all its glory, with blackberry, cassis, and plum aromas vying with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, mocha and clove. A substantial entry leads to concentrated, showy dark fruit favors that bear the stamp of Napa Valley; rich, supple tannins provide a relaxed texture and a satisfying heft in the mouth. A hint of vanilla-spiced oak adds complexity to this bold, racy Cabernet Sauvignon.<br/><br/> <strong>The 2008 Vintage:</strong> A dry winter and warm, dry spring brought an early start to the 2007 growing season in Napa Valley and the vines set a relatively small crop. Weather throughout the summer months was even, with typically warm days and cool nights; there were no heat spikes in August or September save for a hot spell during Labor Day weekend. Cooler weather set in starting mid-September through October, slowing the pace of ripening, but sunny days and cool nights resulted in exceptional grape color and favor concentration. Many vintners agree that the somewhat Bordeaux-like 2007 vintage is a good candidate for aging as it gradually opens up to express its full beauty.<br/><br/> <strong>About The Vineyard:</strong> The grapes in this Limited Release blend were sourced from two mountain vineyards: our Foss Valley Vineyard, which sits above the Napa Valley foor at nearly 1500 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation, and the Butala Vineyard, located in the valley’s southeastern hills at 800 feet above sea level. Because these rocky sites drain the spring rains so quickly, the vines’ grapes stop growing early in the season, though favors and aromatics continue to develop. The resulting small but intensely-favored berries from these vineyards are responsible for the concentrated favors and frm structure of this blend.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking:</strong> Harvested by hand at night, the grapes from both vineyards were brought to the winery where the clusters were de-stemmed and crushed. Prior to fermentation, the fruit rested in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for thirty days, gently extracting color, favor and tannin from the grape skins in a process known as extended maceration. When the proper tannin level had been achieved, the temperature on the tanks was raised so that fermentation could begin. Kept in separate lots by vineyard, the wine was fermented dry and placed in small, French oak barrels (40% new) for a 24-month aging program, with twice-yearly rackings prior to bottling.<br/><br/> About The 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> The Codorníu Group actually consists of eight spectacular wineries whose wines are enjoyed daily in over 100 countries around the world.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Artesa Winery Vice President of Production and Winemaking A fifth generation winemaker from Napa Valley, award-winning winemaker, Mark Beringer, is proud to continue a family tradition of making high quality wines in California's premier AVA's. As the great, great grandson of Beringer Winery co-founder, Jacob Beringer, Mark has always aspired to make his contribution to California winemaking. He grew up immersed in the wine industry and knew from a very young age that winemaking was his calling.<br/><br/> At 12, Mark went to work at his parent's local wine shop stocking shelves and dusting bottles. It was there that he quickly became versed in the complicated language of wine only to discover that all wines are not created equal. Yearning for more hands-on experience, Mark went on to learn the ins and outs of bottling, sanitation, barrel work and harvesting while working at his uncle's winery while attending Santa Rosa JC, and later at California State University, Fresno where he graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in Enology. After graduation Mark joined the winemaking team at Glen Ellen Winery and spent the next year and a half learning the logistical side of winemaking at a larger volume winery.<br/><br/> In 1992, Mark was recruited by Dan Duckhorn to join the Duckhorn winery team as an enologist and to provide support to Tom Rinaldi. Mark welcomed the opportunity to return to the type of artisanal winemaking he was so passionate about. When Duckhorn Wine Company decided to expand its portfolio beyond the Bordeaux varieties in 1994, Mark was chosen to head up the project to launch Paraduxx, a unique blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Goldeneye, the winery's Burgundy style wines from Anderson Valley.<br/><br/> In 1996, Mark was promoted to Vice President of Production and took on the tasks of managing a multi-brand, multi-facility company. In 1998, Mark was named Winemaker and in 2000, was promoted to Director of Winemaking. In 2005, The San Francisco Chronicle named Mark Winemaker of the Year for his work at Duckhorn Vineyards.<br/><br/> During Mark's tenure at Duckhorn Wine Company he garnered two Winery of the Year titles from Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine, was named four times Regional Winery of the Year by Wine Spirits Magazine and won the #6 rated wine of the year in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2002 with the Duckhorn Vineyards 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.<br/><br/> In 2008, Mark founded Mark Beringer Consulting, working on a variety of projects within the wine industry before joining Artesa Vineyards and Winery as Vice President of Production and Winemaking in February, 2009.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal Composition:</strong> 100% Cabernet Sauvignon<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyards:</strong> Foss Valley Vineyard, Butala Vineyard<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest:</strong> October 2007; average sugar at harvest, 26.1° brix<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.7%<br/><br/> <strong>RS:</strong> 0.02%<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 6.9 g/l<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.54<br/><br/> <strong>Cooperage:</strong> Aged for 24 months in 40% new, 60% used French oak barrels<br/><br/>

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