The Hedonistic Taster | № 28 | Artesa Winery – Napa Valley
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
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Today’s Tasting: Artesa Winery – Napa Valley, CA.
Quick – which Napa Valley boasts over four centuries of winemaking?
Answer: Artesa Winery. Their labels sums up it up succinctly: “Est. Barcelona 1151, Napa 1991.”
A new world scion of Spain’s prominent Codorníu family’s cava empire, Artesa Winery estate comprises 350 acres in Carneros, replete with a sleek guest facility designed by Barcelona architect Domingo Triay that sprawls hillside like an exotic odalisque, ornamented with a world-class art collection and recently revamped Tasting Salon. But Artesa’s wines emerge the real treasure in this haven to artistry.
‘Artesa’ means “hand-crafted’ in Catalan, and Portuguese-born Director of Winemaking Ana Diogo Draper imbues both still and sparkling wines with old world soul and new world attitude. My samples represent their 2015 pinot noir production, and a bonus sample of the Codorníu Cuvée Clasico cava from Barcelona as a textural/cultural contrast.
About the 2015 Napa Harvest: A fourth consecutive year of drought yielded small quantities but high quality fruit throughout Napa.
Wine: Artesa Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir | Los Carneros – Napa Valley
Suggested Retail: $45
Robe: Clear, deep garnet hue.
Nose: Pomegranate, graphite, floral notes.
Palate: Cranberry, red cherry, wild berry bouche. Light/medium body, acids, tannins, finish. Surprisingly soft-spoken, elegant, deeply satisfying wine that belies its alcohol level. Excellent quality.
Suggested Pairings: Personally paired this with marinated wild Alaskan salmon and a late summer salad made from local farmer’s market organic little gems, purple cabbage, radishes, and scallions.
Wine: Vintage: 2015
Suggested Retail: $25
Robe: Opaque garnet robe.
Nose: Cranberry, mulberry, herbaceous backnote.
Palate: Dark and red fruits predominate – blueberry, plum, cherry. Light body, acids, refined tannins.
Suggested Pairings: An approachable wine suitable for casual, soulful fare such as ratitouille or cassoulet.
Wine: Codorníu Cuvée Clasico Cava Brut
Suggested Retail: $15
Robe: Clear, pale gold hue.
Nose: Yellow apple, stone fruit.
Palate: Diffuse mousse, perlage; bright acids, green apple bouche.
Suggested Pairings: Personally paired with paella – the acids well complimented the briny seafood and saffron.
Rating: 88. Excellent quality/value.
Artesa Winery | 1345 Henry Road, Napa CA 94559
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