Club Price $48.00
This wine offers intense aromas of black cherry, boysenberry and plum, with a hint of mocha and vanilla bean. On the palate, we get ripe dark fruit flavors, aided by supple tannins and a well balanced acidity. This unique profile grants the wine a smooth texture and lengthy, elegant finish.
600 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Grenache, 19% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc
Technical Data: ALC: 14.2% by vol.; TA: 6.4 G/L; pH: 3.55
Cooperage: 100% French Oak Barrels (30% New)
Hand-picked at night, so the grape clusters remain cool and intact, the fruit was promptly brought to the winery where it was de-stemmed, crushed and placed in stainless steel tanks for fermentation. During fermentation, our skilled cellar crew performed two pumpovers a day, in order to extract color and phenolics from the grape skins. The grapes were gently pressed, to grant tannins a luscious profile. The components of this red blend were fermented and aged separately, for 20 months, in French oak barrels (30% new oak), to enhance the structure and add complexity
The fruit for this limited release wine is sourced from multiple premier vineyards that we have had long standing relationships within both Napa and Sonoma Counties. The fruit, harvested from both high elevation mountain blocks and valley floor vineyards, is an ideal representation of the distinct and unique terroirs. The mountain fruit blends perfectly with the valley fruit to provide depth and bright fruit expression. Our goal is to present a red blend that expresses the incredible variability of terroirs in both Napa and Sonoma Counties, and its harmonious balance.
The 2018 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground watersupplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for thesummertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly.A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excessof 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result harvest was completedfor us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating firesthat broke out on October 8. The 2018 wines show ripe, concentrated flavorsand excellent balance.