On a recent spring weekend, I had the pleasure of having my family over to celebrate my birthday. Along with the good wishes and steak barbeque, I decided to have an impromptu wine-tasting to celebrate the occasion.
Scott Edwards from Aveniu had recently visited our offices and dropped off a couple of half cases of Artesa and Elements, which are being introduced to the on-premise chain accounts. So we started opening the bottles and imbibing. Now, none in the group at this informal wine-tasting were professional sommeliers or wine professionals, but were just a group of family members who like to drink wine, and just about anything else for that matter. We worked our way through Elements by Artesa wines starting with the Chardonnay, then the Red Table Wine, the Merlot, and finished off with the Cabernet.
2009 Chardonnay – Napa County 58% / Sonoma County 42%
Everyone tasted the fresh citrus and lime with notes of pear and apple. I am told the fermentation is accomplished in a combination of stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels.
2007 Red Table Wine – Napa County 55% / Sonoma County 42%
We all liked this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, tasting of cherry and blueberry, black pepper, some mint, and leather with its spicy notes.
2006 Merlot – Napa Valley 53% / Sonoma County 47%
With currant, cherry, plum, some cinnamon and spice as well as licorice, nice tannins, and a smooth texture. It was very drinkable and enjoyable with our steaks.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa County 71% / Sonoma 29%
This was my personal favorite. The winemaker says it’s a blend of mostly Bordeaux varietals with a touch of Syrah. It comes across as smooth and silky with lots of fruit flavors…dark cherry, chocolate milk, and maybe some toffee. It’s what I would describe as a full-bodied wine.
These wines have an under-$12.00 national average wholesale price – an excellent value.
The Jewel of Carneros
It’s easy to see why Artesa is called the Jewel of Carneros, as it is set high into a hilltop with panoramic views of Napa Valley, San Francisco Bay, and its own estate vineyards. Perhaps no other winery captures the multi-faceted beauty of this windswept, world-famous appellation as dramatically as the Artesa estate, where the fusion of architecture, artistry, and winemaking reaches soaring heights.
Owned by the Raventos family of Spain, whose winemaking history dates to the mid-sixteenth century, the winery takes its name from the Catalan word for “handcrafted.” Today, Artesa focuses on producing small, ultra-premium lots of the varietals for which the Carneros and the Napa Valley are best known – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Artesa Winery Vice President of Production and Winemaking
A fifth generation winemaker from Napa Valley and award-winning winemaker, Mark Beringer is proud to continue a family tradition of making high quality wines in California’s premier AVAs. As the great, great grandson of Beringer Winery co-founder, Jacob Beringer, Mark has always aspired to make his contribution to California winemaking. He grew up immersed in the wine industry and knew from a very young age that winemaking was his calling.
According to Mark, Artesa’s winemaking philosophy is that “our roots are in Carneros, but our reach is long. Sure, our winery and estate vineyards are located in one of the best places on earth to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but that doesn’t mean we have to limit ourselves to making two wines.” He goes on to say, “We have a multi-appellation strategy. We obtain grapes from the best appellations for growing each variety, and from some of the finest growers in California as well as our own estate vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties. And those vineyards and appellations give us wines with unique and distinctive styles.”
Elements by Artesa
Elements by Artesa is a portfolio of wines that combine winemaking passion with the flavors and characteristics of multiple varietals. These wines are grown in select vineyards across the prime wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
Elements wines are the natural outcome of the years Artesa has spent identifying the specific microclimates that produce world-class wine grapes. This effort has led to vineyards in a diverse group of Napa’s and Sonoma’s most highly-regarded sub-appellations including Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Atlas Peak, Oak Knoll, Oakville, and Carneros.
Whether it’s lush, forward fruit, a tinge of earthy richness, or a dash of wild herb or spice, each appellation, vineyard, and varietal contributes to the layers of aroma and flavor that sets Elements apart. Shaped first by nature, then forged by the winemaker’s blending choices, Elements wines are multi-faceted and complex, a testament to what can happen when many become one.
Both Artesa and Elements brands are marketed under the Aveniu name, owned by the Cordorniu Company.
For more information regarding these brands and other Aveniu Brands, please contact:
VP, Channel Accounts
California – Artesa, Elements by Artesa
Spain – Codorniu, Scala Dei, Raimat, Legaris, Bodega Billbainas, Vina, Zaco, Terras Gauda, Pitticum
Italy – Belmondo, Ca’ Montini, Piccini, Santini, Umberto Fiore, VOGA
South America – Septima, Carmen
South Africa – Amarula, Durbanville Hills, Two Oceans
Mexico – Don Roberto, La Arenita