"Explosive leesy notes dominate the aromas and flavors, with plenty of charred oak, too. Under these wine maker bells and whistles is some ripe peach and apple fruit, and the finish is long, sweet and spicy."
Connoisseursí Guide to California Wine
"Here is a rich expressive wine... Its initial scent of ripe apples and sweet cream is followed up by flavors that do not stint on either ripe fruit or fancy oak. Fairly full and close to thick in feel, it sports the fine streak of bright acidity that shows throughout the Artesa line." One star.
"These are extremely good Chardonnays; the Napa version in a medium rich, complex style... The Napa Chardonnay is full bodied and quite fruity (peach, apple, lemon peel), with overtones of roasted nut, vanilla, and oak." Four stars.
"...Attractive, forward, toasty, buttery, spicy aroma with overtones of butterscotch and vanilla; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, fleshy, toasty, buttery, very ripe tropical fruit and creamy oak flavors with a note of butterscotch." Highly recommended.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate
"The Chardonnay Napa exhibits abundant amounts of tropical fruit, medium to full body, subtle wood and a nicely-textured, pure, clean finish."
Wine & Spirits
"The delicate fruit flavors of this gentle Chardonnay have a cool, citrusy tone, bringing to mind tangerine and grapefruit along with richer nectarine. That fragrant fruit is tossed by the oak flavors in the finish, but the wine retains its elegance and balance all the way through."
San Jose Mercury News
"The Napa Valley Chardonnay is a little leaner, with citrus, pineapple and pear flavors and well-integrated oak."