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Artesa is the Napa outpost of Spain’s
Codorníu Group, of cava fame, which has been
owned by the Raventós family since 1551.
What You Need To Know
Artesa winery is located in Napa’s
windy, fog-prone Carneros district, which makes its home estate
great for growing heat-shy grapes like Pinot Noir, but not so great
for sun-loving varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s why
the winery also owns a vineyard on Atlas Peak, a rugged mountain
northeast of the city of Napa that’s the source of this structured
red. The vines grow at an elevation of 1,400 feet, which puts
them above the fog line—ideal for grapes that need plenty of heat
and sunlight to ripen. Founded by the Raventôs family in 1991,
Artesa originally specialized in sparkling wines. Today its cellar is
headed by winemaker Mark Beringer, a great-great-grandson of a
founder of Napa’s famous Beringer winery.
Black currant and
bell pepper scents.
Firm and fresh, with red
currant, spearmint and cedar
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Rare steaks, juicy chops and
meaty roasts and stews.