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Carneros Estate Reserve Chardonnay

  Artesa's Estate Chardonnay vineyards hang on the hillsides around the winery on the foothills of Mount Veeder. This wine comes from several of the highest elevation vineyards in Carneros. The great drainage of our blocks insures intensely flavored small berries and moderate yields. Temperatures are moderated by the adjoining San Pablo Bay, cool afternoon breezes and persistent morning fog. This climate yields grapes that have both enough cool hang time and sunshine to develop a depth of flavor with great natural acid.

Gently hand harvested, the grapes were whole cluster pressed using the most gentle wine pressing methods. Most lots were inoculated with one of several yeast strains; some lots went through uninoculated fermentations. This wine was barrel fermented with sur lees stirring and aging. Eighty percent of this wine has undergone a secondary malolactic fermentation to enhance its buttery creaminess. Fifty percent of the final blend was aged in new oak barrels for 9-1/2 months.

Tasting Notes
This wine is full of pear, green apple and peach blossom with a hint of pineapple and mango. Balanced, seamless, multi-layered and elegant, this wine has a triple creme brie texture that melts into a lingering toasted vanilla bean and butterscotch finish. Excellent balance enables the fruit to dance on the tongue through the entire taste and provides the structure to age gracefully.

Alcohol content, 14.3% by volume
3,068 cases produced