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Carneros Estate Wines
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2002 Chardonnay, Carneros

  Eighty of the 150 acres of our estate vineyards, located on gently rolling hills in northern Carneros, are planted to Chardonnay. The plantings date from 1990 to 1992 and include eleven clones and selections. Some vines are cordon-pruned; most are cane-pruned with moveable vertical trellises. Very small quantities of fruit were also included from three southern Napa and Carneros vineyards. In 2002, yields averaged 1.94 tons per acre.

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
The 2002 Chardonnay shows ripe apple and pear varietal character highlighted with typical Carneros traits of tropical fruit and rich citrus. The palate is broad with creamy vanilla, complex fruit, and a long juicy finish.

Alcohol content, 14.2% by volume
12,955 cases produced

Wine Spectator

"Serves up a tasty core of spice, floral and anise-laced pear and nectarine flavors. Offers depth and richness, but also firm acidity."

Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A compact and seriously oaky chardonnay with toast, vanilla, lime, peach and lemon zest flavors that are distinctly Burgundian." 3 ½ stars. Highly recommended.

Wine Enthusiast

"Classic Carneros Chard. Aromas of apples and peaches veering into tropical fruit lead to bright, well-etched fruity flavors in the mouth. Spices, too, and smoky vanilla from oak. Malolactic fermentation and lees aging create a round, creamy feel, and the finish is spicy and smooth."

Restaurant Wine

"These are extremely good Chardonnays... The Carneros version is also full bodied and moderately intense in flavor, with hints of toast, oak, roasted nut, and grapefruit. Very long finish." 4 ½ stars.

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

"There are three (Artesa) Chardonnays, all of them at least excellent. More smoky, leesy and complex, the Carneros (is) Burgundian-like, rich, full-bodied with notes of roasted nuts, good underlying acidity, and well-concealed spicy oak... (a) beautifully-knit effort." 90 score

California Grapevine

"...Attractive, toasty, nutty, ripe peach and green apple aroma with notes of butterscotch and chared oak; medium-full body; big, forward, rich, buttery, crisp green apple flavors with overtones of toasty oak." Highly recommended.

Wine & Spirits

"Large in scale, this fleshy and fat chardonnay comes forward in a completely different style from Artesa’s Napa Valley bottling. The flavors are big and creamy, largely influenced by oak, the wine itself heady and completely appealing."

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