2006 Artesa Limited Release Carneros Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 800 cases, $50. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Composed of the most outstanding barrels in the cellar. · Darkest in color of all the wines tasted. A pinotypical nose of dark berry and cherry fruit with a sidecar of oak. Tasty blackberry and black raspberry fruit with an appealing earthiness and a hint of citrus peel tang on the persistent aromatic finish. A substantial wine that is still reticent and needs time to shed some of its soft, dry tannins. A year or two in the bottle will benefit this wine. That said, I drank this wine at the winery with pan roasted wild sea bass with Meyer lemon buerre blanc, quinoa pilaf and Sicilian spinach and the result was spectacular. The roasted fish tamed the tannins of the wine and the grippy acidity of the wine matched perfectly with the buerre blanc. Reviewed February 12, 2009

Winery: Artesa Vineyards & Winery
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