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2016 Artesa Los Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay SKU #1398848

Price: $19.95

W&S 92 JS 91 WE 90
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Winemaker's Notes: "Our Los Carneros Chardonnay displays great fruit freshness, intensity and elegance. This wine’s focus is primarily on aromatics, and our winemaking techniques are intended to retain the characteristic Carneros aromas of lemon-citrus and white blossom, while enhancing the minerality and bright, vibrant fruit flavors of citrus and stone fruits in the wine. Partial barrel and malolactic fermentation, combined with lees stirring, produces a wine with added layers of complexity, imparting hints of meyer lemon, nectarine and honeysuckle. Winemaking: The grapes were hand-harvested at night and brought to the winery immediately, where they were whole cluster pressed; using a slow "Champagne" cycle that gently pushes the must, rendering clean juice but hardly any solids or unwanted phenolic compounds. 60% of the juice was placed in French oak barrels, and 40% in stainless steel tanks, where they underwent alcoholic fermentation, both with selected and native yeasts. After primary fermentation, 50% of the lots went through malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees for nine months, with weekly bâtonnage (lees stirring), to add complexity and enhance mouthfeel. The wines were racked once prior to bottling."

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