2009 Artesa Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley

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VERDICT: "Smashing stuff"
Carneros, Napa Valley
Chardonnay, 14.3% alc.
www.artesawinery.com Review by Clinton Stark

Artesa Chardonnay wine review

2009 Artesa Chardonnay, Carneros

When I think of Artesa I think Chardonnay and Pinot.

Located in Carneros, the tasting room is situated high in the hills with expansive views of Napa and Sonoma. The aesthetic is modern, and so are the wines here.

Artesa makes a lot of wines, maybe too many.

During marathon tastings, I’ve sat for hours going through all their reserves, library wines, etc. But I always come back to this Chardonnay.

I’ve seen it at Costco too, so if you see it, know you’re getting a deal.

There is oak there (malolactic fermentation in French oak), but thankfully it is balanced by a wave of minerality and a hint of butterscotch. $20, 90 pts.

Stark Sips - Wine Reviews2009 Artesa Chardonnay, Carneros Napa

Carneros, Napa Valley
14.3% alc.
90 points
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Clinton Stark
Clinton shoots videos for Stark Insider. San Francisco Bay Area arts, Ingmar Bergman and French New Wave, and chasing the perfect home espresso shot 25 seconds at a time (and failing). Peloton: ClintTheMint. Camera: Video Gear