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2002 Chardonnay, Napa Valley


  This vineyard is located between Napa and Yountville on the valley floor just west of Highway 29. The plantings on this former Christian Brothers property are 30 years old and consist of field selections, predominately Old Wente, cordon-pruned. Our yields in 2002 were 2.3 tons per acre.

Winemaking
After hand-harvesting, the lots were either de-stemmed only (whole berries) or went directly to press as whole clusters. Most lots were inoculated with one of several yeast strains; some lots went through uninoculated fermentations. This wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrel. The yeast lees were stirred daily, then weekly, bi-weekly and monthly, and the wine was racked from barrel just prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes
Rich and pure fruit with creamy banana fill the nose. Also, includes notes of honeysuckle and ripe melon. In the mouth, pear, melon, and white peach flavors lead to a smooth full finish. The balance of this non-malolactic Chardonnay is displayed in the richness and fullness of the wine from beginning to end.

Alcohol content, 14.4% by volume
589 cases produced

Wine Enthusiast

"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.

Restaurant Wine

"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.

California Grapevine

"...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."

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