"Suddenly, Artesa is making some of California’s best Pinot Noirs. The Santa Barbara version is finely flavored, full bodied, and well balanced; a Pinot Noir with smooth texture and intense red fruit (cherry, strawberry, plum) aromas/flavors, and overtones of nutmeg and oak."
Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
"Exceptional...with a Gevry-Chambertin sort of underbrushy, spicy note. Fresh cherry aroma and taste, and a lot weightier in the mouth."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"From its slightly brushy notes to its soft-centered structure, this wine proclaims its Central Coast beginnings, and it is fairly full-bodied, rich and long in the manner so often seen in Pinots of that area. Deep and tasty."
"Overall, the most forward, complex and intriguing of the trio (of Artesa Pinot Noirs) is the Santa Barbara County, whose rich fruitiness is nicely balanced with suggestions of mushrooms, leather and spice."
"Complex, earthy aromas. Pungent earth, dusty rose and spice flavors; nice mouthfeel. Full, dry, tangy finish."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Artesa Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is smoky, brooding and deeply flavored, with good texture and length."