The 2012 vintage in Sonoma and Napa was legendary – lauded by many a wine writer as well as those who really know, the winemakers. The red wines from 2012 are starting to hit the shelves and I wanted to find out the real deal on the hype. So I had a chat with Mark Beringer, a fifth generation winemaker at Artesa Winery in Sonoma’s Carneros region who has wine in his veins. I figured this guy would know the scoop.
Review: Artesa 2012 Pinot Noir Carneros
Carneros fruit can be sometimes lack the brightness of Russian River Valley or Monterey Pinot Noir. But Artesa has pulled it off. Black cherry, cranberry, hint of mushrooms and a tart cherry finish. Medium-bodied and far from the dank monsters of some nameless Carneros Pinot producers. This wine is fun, flirty with a serious side. And an excellent representation of the moderate to warm 2012 vintage. Lush, sophisticated, fruity, slightly brooding at the finish. If it has a fault, it’s that it’s a tiny bit hot with alcohol on the approach. But overall, outstanding quality for the money.
Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Occasion: Sent as a sample from the winery
Availability: Fine wine stores or online retailers (Google it)
Food pairing: Earthy, mushroomy cheese like Truffle Tremor, or recipes like Simmered Lentils, Quinoa Mushroom Risotto.