“Go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay: Artesa

2013 Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley, California

I used to have a “go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay from Carneros that I recommended to anyone who was looking for a big lush wonderful Chardonnay, but that recommendation now belongs to Artesa.

This Carneros Chardonnay took me by surprise; in fact on the first taste I did my Gomer Pyle imitation exclaiming surprise, surprise! Chardonnay is made in so many different styles and grown in so many different AVAs, sub-AVAs, and varied micro climates.

To paraphrase another idiot savant, “Chardonnay is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” With the Artesa, it will be rich and complex with aromas of vanilla on the forefront and a hint of clove in the background. Flavors of lemon cream, lush apple and pear. Textures are supple and there is hefty length in the smooth finish.

Rating: Excellent (94) | $40 | 13.5 % ABV

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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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