Artesana wines are made with minimal intervention, allowing the character of the fruit to be expressed. Gentle handling techniques are practiced throughout the process. Lots from the various Tannat, Merlot and Zinfandel blocks were fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks. 10-day cool maceration regimes provided excellent aroma and flavor extraction. Barrel aging was done in new and one to four year old French and American oak for 16 months to carefully accentuate the flavors of the wines. Custom blended and bottled without fining or filtration.
Balanced, complex and elegant, with aromas and flavors of black fruit, blueberry jam and subtle floral notes reminiscent of violet on a background of cedar and toasted oak notes. It is a wine true to the vintage, region and to the people who make it.