1997 Artesa Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Napa Valley, California
 
WB Rating: 90

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 ()
 
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): Cabernet Sauvignon

The first Artesa we have tried. Artesa is a daughter company of the huge Cordoniu empire, but you wouldn't know it from this excellent wine. Rich, perfumed cassis, smoke, and super-ripe cherries in the nose. Full-flavored, classic California Cabernet flavors in the attack and midrange. Falls off a tad in the finish, but only compared to the power and roundness in the rest of the wine. Tasted as a guest, price unknown. But if affordable, this wine is enough to restore my faith in California Cabs, whose prices are often way out of line with the quality of the wine. - HK 2002-12-26

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