2018 PINOT NOIR
Los Carneros
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TASTING NOTES
On the nose, this wine offers elegant, bright aromas of cherry, plum and
strawberry, with a hint of rose petal. On the palate, lush flavors of strawberry,
cranberry and blueberry are accentuated with hints of spice and earth. The
natural, structural acidity grants this wine a unique vibrancy, and it is an excellent
partner to many different foods. The wine is medium bodied and has a long finish.
A classic Pinot Noir that is true to its unique appellation.
7,500 cases produced
WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC: 14.3% by vol.; TA: 5.9 g/L; pH: 3.6
Coopoerage: 12 Months in French Oak Barrels (20% New)

The grapes were hand-harvested throughout the months of September &
October of 2018, as each block achieved ripeness and flavor development.
Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper de-stemmed, but did not crush the grapes,
placing them in temperature controlled, open top stainless-steel tanks. The
fermentation tanks were chilled for a four-day cold soak - designed to extract
color and flavor from the grape must. The tanks were gradually warmed so that
fermentation could begin. About 30% of the lot was fermented by native yeasts
and 70% by inoculating the grapes with commercial yeast. By using both types of
fermentation yeasts, we intended to produce components with distinct layers of
fruit intensity, texture and structure. Pinot Noir grapes require a gentle handling
and therefore we performed three punchdowns a day, on each individual
vineyard lot, in order to gently extract fruit and color. Tasting each tank daily, the
team pressed the wine off its skins when the proper flavor and tannin structure
was achieved. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (15% new) for 12
months prior to bottling, matured on lees, to obtain a final blend with added layers
of complexity.
VINEYARD NOTES
Carneros is renowned for its cool climate because of its proximity to San Pablo
Bay. 85% of the grapes sourced for this vintage were grown on 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, and crop sizes are small, yielding
limited quantities of highly concentrated fruit. We blended in 15% of wine from a
select foothill vineyard in the Carneros region, working closely with growers
weve known for many years. Blending wines from these diverse sites yields a
multifaceted wine with distinct layers of flavor.
VINTAGE NOTES
The perfect growing season in Los Carneros AVA, the 2018 vintage was
characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer that
allowed for the ideal growing conditions; consistent and steady. We began
harvest on August 21 followed by unseasonably cool weather that allowed for
most of the fruit on our Estate to remain on the vine for an additional week or two.
This extended hang-time was great for the maturation of flavors and overall
quality of the fruit. Harvest kicked into full swing in early September and was
completed on October 20, about two weeks later than last year. The combination
of a perfect growing season and a long harvest allowed for the fruit to
demonstrate clean, mature flavors with wonderful balance and acidity. The 2018
wines will show great elegance, yet with concentrated flavors that possess
finesse for years to come.

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