The wine shows fantastic aromatic intricacy and subtle notes of nectarine, vanilla and green apple .
On the palate, the wine displays a well balanced mouthfeel with lingering flavors of white peach and Meyer lemon, with a unique minerality, characterizing this beautiful corner of Carneros.
Our hand harvested grapes were whole cluster pressed using a slow cycle that gently pushes the must rendering clean juice but few solids. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper placed 100% of the juice into French oak barrels (50% new) specifically coopered for Artesa Chardonnay. After primary fermentation the majority of the wine went through malolactic fermentation and then aged on its lees for eight months, with weekly lees stirring for four months. The wines were tasted weekly, in order to determine when to stop the Malolactic fermentation, so we could retain the unique fruit profile of our Estate Vineyard. The wine was racked once prior to bottling. Our Estate Reserve Chardonnay is 100% grown, produced and bottled by Artesa