2005 Artesa Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

While we were in Napa last summer we took a balloon ride. One of the things we saw from high above was Artesa Winery in Carneros. The building, which looks like it was built into the side of a hill but wasn’t, was interesting looking and we had heard from a few people that the tour and tasting was worth the trip. We found that the reds were OK but nothing extraordinary. And being that they are located in Carneros they don’t claim to produce big bold Cabs. The Pinot Niors are very good for the price. However, for red wine drinkers like us we found the white wines they produce were very enjoyable. We particularly like the Savignon Blanc. It’s light and crisp, just perfect for the hot summer months.the 2005 Reserve had a bright citrus flavor profile with lemon and tangerine being the most defines. It also had a touch of spice like sage on the finish that added to the complexity. At the club price (which is free to join) $16.50 it’s an excellent¬†value.

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2000 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto

I have been on a quest lately to find great Chilean Cabs. There are some¬†great ones out there but finding them in the local wine shop is the problem. I have experienced the Don Melchor before (the 2002 vintage is very good as well). This vintage is coming into it’s own right now and drinking very well. It has a very dark purple color that holds all the way to the rim. The nose on this wine (after an hour in the decanter) is cassis and clove. Most of the earthy tones fall off after some time in the decanter. You really must give this wine some time to breathe to full enjoy it. The flavor structure is complex with cassis, prune, blackberry and tobacco all working nicely together. Tannins are fine and well integrated. This is an outstanding wine and for the price ($40) it’s value is extraordinary.

Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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