Artesa Chardonnay 2011

Artesa Website, $20
BevMo, $17.99
Total Wine & More, $15.99

Aaron: There was a light smell of lemon cake on this chard which complemented the medium body.  The flavors were decent but had a slight tang which I didn’t like.  The 2010 vintage which I had tried on my own was incredible and one of my favorite whites so this was very disappointing for me.  Some buttery flavors made this pleasant enough but Artesa’s 2011 wines left me wanting more (we did a tasting there too; fortunately the Artesa winery itself is epic so I didn’t mind as much).  87 points

Teri: First off, if you ever have the chance to visit Artsa please do so. They have a beautiful location for their headquarters and tasting room in the Carneros region of Napa and the views are stunning!  This bottle was light on both smell and taste, and carries strong flavors of lemon and an aftertaste of oak. Just a slight hint of butter but does not lean too far toward being labeled as buttery or crisp. This wine was easy to drink but I have had much better from Artesa. Perhaps this year was not their best crop. 87 points


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