The celebrated Artesa winery is widely acclaimed for producing superb wines from their estate vineyards in Carneros with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. What many don't know is that that they also have an estate vineyard in the Atlas Peak District of Napa Valley where they grow exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Artesa’s Foss Valley Ranch is located on a mountain top at nearly 1,500 feet on the east side of Napa Valley. This picturesque site sits above the fog line and receives ample sunlight while its temperature stays cool throughout growing season. This gives an extra two weeks of hang time and allows grapes to develop a tremendous amount of complexity and nuance. Hence, this Reserve Cabernet which they produce in small quantity (less than 1,000 cases), is without a doubt one of their best wines! 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new). Beverage Dynamics scored it 95 points saying "From one of Napa Valley’s Top Flight properties, this Cabernet exhibits dark fruit power; the fermentation and aging in oak contribute spice and structure; a very fine wine, enjoyable now but with potential to age gracefully."
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