2006 Artesa Haire Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 100-120 cases, $80. This wine is sourced from a unique site that formerly provided grapes for Etude’s Heirloom bottling. The clones are Swan and Martini. Rapidly draining compressed ash soils characterize this vineyard in contrast to the uplifted clays of varying depths over rock in the vineyards close to the winery. · Evocative scents of Bing cherry, herbs, cola, toasty oak and a faint whiff of alcohol. This wine has a silky, comforting quality that is quite sexy. The tasty cassis and cherry core has subtle notes of citrus, Provencal herbs and oak in the background. The tannins are well tamed and the overall impression is one of assertive elegance reflective of winemaking excellence. Reviewed February 12, 2009

Winery: Artesa Vineyards & Winery
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