Wine Review: Artesa Chardonnay Carneros 2011

artesa chardArtesa is one of my favorite Napa area wineries. Their Carneros location is gorgeous—you can see San Pablo Bay on a clear day—and their reserve and limited release wines are always worth tasting.  The larger production Signature series is usually consistent and well done. It was an Artesa Pinot Noir that piqued my interest in wine. So I had my usual high expectations when opening this bottle. I was a little disappointed in this 2011 Chardonnay.

intriguing smoke, grilled pineapple and apple sauce aromas of medium intensity waft from the glass.  An enticing nose with enough complexity to hold your interest.  The full-bodied palate is creamy with a little butter, balanced with robust acidity leading to a medium length finish, lightly graced with hazelnuts. Unfortunately the finish turns sour and is disjoint, diminishing the experience. All’s well that ends well; it it doesn’t end well, well….

This one’s a little bittersweet like Ani DiFranco’s Allergic to Water

Score: 88

Price: $18

Alc: 13.8%

Half of the wine was aged in French Oak, 30% new.


  1. I debated with myself a good deal on this one.The finish is only one dimension of the wine. I quite enjoyed the nose and texture. The finish detracted from the over all experience but was not so bad as to make its other virtues irrelevant. Many otherwise good wines have this problem of the acidity not seeming integrated with the rest of the wine. It makes the experience less than what it could be but by itself this doesn’t render a wine inferior depending of course on how serious the problem is. The wine was well balanced until the end, so I chose not to deduct additional points.

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