Artesa Winery

Estate Vineyard Block 91D
2015 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 182
Vintage

2015

Artesa Winery

Estate Vineyard Block 91D

Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • This Pinot Noir is from our best Carneros hillside estate vineyard blocks
  • Our site is unique in Carneros, Napa Valley for two reasons: elevation and soil type
  • This vineyard gives us fruit small in size, low in yield and complex in flavor
  • The combination of terroir and meticulous farming result in our Pinot Noir having power and grace

This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 60 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family. This bold and refined Premiere Napa Valley Pinot Noir is from Artesa’s best hillside estate vineyard blocks at one of the highest elevations in all of Los Carneros. The vines on this block produce low yields of small, intense berries with concentrated flavors and smooth tannins. Brimming with sweet fruit aromas of raspberry and macerated strawberry, this intense Pinot Noir coats the palate with similar flavors intertwined with a hint of dark chocolate. Mature, smooth tannins create a soft, velvety texture while sweet oak notes add breadth and dimension.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Ana Diogo-Draper

Winemaker, Artesa Vineyards & Winery

Winemaker, Ana Diogo-Draper

Born and raised in Portugal, Ana moved to California in 2005 to join the team at Rutherford Hill Winery. In the course of her eight-year tenure she was promoted from harvest intern to Lab Manager, and finally, Assistant Winemaker. She joined the Artesa winemaking team in 2013 as Assistant Winemaker and then Director of Winemaking in 2015. Known for her collaborative approach, she thrives in the fast-paced winery environment and excels at a wide diversity of experience from quality control assurance to creative applications such as sensory analysis and blending.

She credits her professional success to a passion for agriculture and winemaking, nurtured from a young age in Portugal when she first planted vines with family and neighbors immersed in the European tradition of wine appreciation: "I always knew I wanted to do something related to agriculture and nature. For me, "the calling" came once I took my first winemaking class. I enjoy the creative aspect of winemaking "blending is a true alchemy and it has been a thrill to discover what kind of styles and approaches I most enjoy."

Country born: Portugal

Education: Ana holds a B.A. in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Evora, situated in the middle of Portugal's historic cork industry. Her experience with old world winemaking encouraged her to explore new regions and varieties, and to study a broad spectrum of subjects.

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Led by Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper, the winery employs both traditional and modern techniques to create wines that experience minimal manipulation between harvest and bottling. Fermentations are conducted in both stainless steel and wood vessels, using custom-made French oak barrels. The diversity of blending by parcel and fermentation techniques creates a palate of fruit-driven wines with a complex variety of aromas and flavors. Artesa's state-of-the-art winery, built beneath the ground into a hillside, is kept naturally cool by the constant temperature of the earth surrounding it. The philosophy of winemaking at Artesa is to always be true to the place where the grapes were grown, believing that the best wines are always made in the vineyard, not the winery.

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