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"Serves up a tasty core of spice, floral and anise-laced pear and nectarine flavors. Offers depth and richness, but also firm acidity."
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A compact and seriously oaky chardonnay with toast, vanilla, lime, peach and lemon zest flavors that are distinctly Burgundian." 3 ½ stars. Highly recommended.
"Classic Carneros Chard. Aromas of apples and peaches veering into tropical fruit lead to bright, well-etched fruity flavors in the mouth. Spices, too, and smoky vanilla from oak. Malolactic fermentation and lees aging create a round, creamy feel, and the finish is spicy and smooth."
"These are extremely good Chardonnays... The Carneros version is also full bodied and moderately intense in flavor, with hints of toast, oak, roasted nut, and grapefruit. Very long finish." 4 ½ stars.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate
"There are three (Artesa) Chardonnays, all of them at least excellent. More smoky, leesy and complex, the Carneros (is) Burgundian-like, rich, full-bodied with notes of roasted nuts, good underlying acidity, and well-concealed spicy oak... (a) beautifully-knit effort." 90 score
"...Attractive, toasty, nutty, ripe peach and green apple aroma with notes of butterscotch and chared oak; medium-full body; big, forward, rich, buttery, crisp green apple flavors with overtones of toasty oak." Highly recommended.
Wine & Spirits
"Large in scale, this fleshy and fat chardonnay comes forward in a completely different style from Artesa’s Napa Valley bottling. The flavors are big and creamy, largely influenced by oak, the wine itself heady and completely appealing."