"Suddenly, Artesa is making some of California’s best Pinot Noirs. The Carneros is a rich, full bodied wine, with excellent balance and length. It tastes of black cherry, plum, toast, oak, and tobacco."
The Dallas Morning News
"Artesa Winery in the Carneros region is producing some amazing pinot noir... Artesa Pinot Noir has deep fruit aromas and dark, garnet color. A nuance of grapevine comes across as spice. The flavors are bright, ripe and intense. The fruitiness is exotic with a floral hint. Sounds great, huh?" Wine of the week.
"Medium ruby; attractive, herbal, smoky, spicy, cherry fruit aroma that developed with airing in the glass; medium to medium-full body; rich, herbal, cedary, spicy, ripe black cherry fruit flavors; well balanced; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste." Highly recommended.
"Bing cherries, touch of strawberry and cranberry, smoky fruit plus cinnamon and clove; very nice wine indeed – would be wonderful with coq au vin...underpriced at about $24." 4 ˝ stars.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
"Aromas redolent of black cherries, brush, dusty oak and a hint of concentrated, dried berry character find exacting parallels in the wine’s ripe, frontal, sweet cherry flavors. Nominal tannins add a bit of grip to the slightly velvety texture, but this inviting effort will want very little aging." One star.
Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
"Exceptional. Amply flavored with black cherry and a hint of fresh plum. The structure is like Corton, with weight that demands a few years in the bottle."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"If you are having a salmon dish, buy this wine... Get in on the ground level and taste this... It’s one of three that are produced and may be the sleeper of the group."