we both liked this wine, but i wasn't feeling well. so i made an early night of it, falling asleep reading a michael chabon novel. but my first impression was of a brown sugar nose. the second night, i got what was left, and my impressions were that it was smooth, with some strawberry to the nose. the flavor became more earthy as the night wore on. this pinot actually reminded me of the solaire, a robert mondavi creation that i had had last week. the solaire had a stronger flavor, while this artesa was flavorful but more subtle. i'm impressed that it's such a good second-night bottle of wine from what my father has told me is a very good region of california for pinot noir. 14.3 percent alcohol. schnucks on north green river.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.