8,500 cases produced
90pts - Wine Spectator, December 2018
90pts - Wine Enthusiast, September 2018
91pts - Blue Lifestyle, July 2018
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Technical Data: ALC: 14.5% by vol.; TA: 5.8 g/L; pH: 3.67
Coopoerage: 10 Months in French Oak Barrels (20% New)
On the nose, this wine offers beautiful, bright aromas of cherry, plum and a hint
of rose petal. On the palate, lush flavors of strawberry, mulberry and blueberry are accentuated with hints of spice and earth. The natural acidity gives vibrancy and it is an excellent partner to so many foods. The wine is medium bodied and has a long finish. A classic Pinot Noir that is true to its unique appellation.
Bay. Almost all of the sourcing for this vintage (90%) is fruit from our own estate vineyard. Artesa sits high on a hilltop with panoramic views of Napa Valley and is surrounded by 150 acres of estate vineyards that are comprised of a complex series of small, ultra-premium blocks where varietals are matched with soil types, topography and sun exposure. The diverse terrain features hillside slopes that taper off as sea level approaches. Most vineyard blocks are planted at altitudes between 200 to 400 feet in soils that range from shallow clay to thin, gravelly loam. Vines struggle for water and nutrients; crop sizes are small, yielding limited quantities of highly concentrated fruit. We combined this fruit with a small portion of grapes from two select foothill vineyards in the Carneros region, working closely with growers weve known for many years;blending grapes from these sites yields a multifaceted wine with distinct layers of flavor.
cool and foggy season through August. We had no excessive heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly and calmly at their own pace, yields were a tad higher, and the flavors are phenomenal.