Wine Maker Notes
Artesa’s Reserve Chardonnay is produced from some of the highest vineyard blocks on the
winery’s Carneros estate in the foothills of Mount Veeder. The excellent drainage of these hillside
vineyards causes the vines to root down deep for moisture, keeping yields in check to produce
intensely flavored small berry clusters. Early summer fog from the San Francisco Bay followed by
warm afternoon temperatures creates a climate that allows the fruit both enough cool hang time
to develop intense varietal character and the sunshine necessary to ensure optimum ripeness. The
combination of these factors results in grapes that display a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity
This Chardonnay was hand harvested and whole cluster pressed using only the most gentle of
sparkling wine methods. This step is critical in maximizing the bright fruit flavor developed in
our estate vineyards without imparting any harshness or astringencies that come from rough
handling. To further ensure flavor purity, only free run juice was used for this wine. The wine was
100% barrel fermented in French oak and 75% went through a secondary malolactic fermentation to impart a creamy richness. This was followed by aging in the barrel sur lees and hand
stirring twice weekly for 4 months to further enhance the wine’s complexity and texture. The wine
was finished with an additional six months of barrel aging.
Rich, sweet tropical fruit aromas are backed with creamy vanilla and spice. Lush, juicy and ripe on the palate wrapped with long full fruit flavors in the finish. This chardonnay is complex and beautifully balanced.