2017 CHARDONNAY
Los Carneros
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91pts - Wine Spectator, Jun '20; 90pts - Wine Enthusiast, Aug 20

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TASTING NOTES
Our Los Carneros Chardonnay displays great fruit freshness, intensity and elegance. This wines focus is primarily on aromatics, and our winemaking techniques are intended to retain the characteristic Carneros aromas of lemon-citrus and white blossom, while enhancing the minerality and bright, vibrant fruit flavors of citrus and stone fruits in the wine.

Partial barrel and malolactic fermentation, combined with lees stirring, produces a wine with added layers of complexity, imparting hints of Meyer lemon, nectarine and lemongrass.
8,000 cases produced


91pts - Wine Spectator, Value Pick of the Week, June 2020
90pts - Wine Enthusiast, July 2020


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Technical Data: ALC: 14.0% by vol.; TA 6.3 G/L; pH: 3.45
Cooperage: 50% Femented and Aged in Stainless Steel Tanks; 50% Fermented and Aged in French Oak Barrels for 9 months (15% New)

The grapes were hand-harvested at night and brought to the winery immediately afterwards, where they were whole cluster pressed; using a slow champagne cycle that gently pushes the must, rendering clean juice but hardly any solids or unwanted phenolic compounds. 50% of the juice was placed in mostly French oak barrels and 50% in stainless steel tanks, where they underwent alcoholic fermentation, both with selected and native yeasts.

After primary fermentation, 50% of the lots went through malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees for nine months, with weekly bâtonnage (lees stirring) for about 3 months, to add complexity and enhance mouthfeel. The wines were racked once prior to bottling.
VINEYARD NOTES
The cool climate Carneros region is one of the worlds premier places to grow chardonnay. Temperatures are moderated by the adjoining San Pablo Bay, cool afternoon breezes, and persistent morning fog. As hot air rises above the inland valleys, it is draws cool air from the Pacific Ocean. The sun burns off this fog late in the morning which causes the temperature to immediately jump 15 degrees. This climate yields grapes that have both enough cool hang time and sunshine to develop great natural acidity and deep fruit flavor.

The grapes were sourced from six distinct blocks in our Estate Vineyard (40%), three neighboring vineyards in Napa Carneros (35%) and one in Sonoma Carneros (25%), all acclaimed sites we have worked closely with for many years. The blocks in our Estate Vineyard have Northern exposure, and therefore, are more protected from direct sun exposure. The Los Carneros AVA is known for ideal conditions to grow high quality Chardonnay grapes, granting us fruit that is incredibly balanced and with great acidity. The vines work hard for water and nutrients, resulting in naturally low yields of grapes with concentrated fruit flavor.
VINTAGE NOTES
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.

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