Fantesca

Forthright Winery

The Stritch Russian River Pinot Noir 2017

This is really good in the rich fruit and palatability way. -But over blown. Reminds me of Heidi Barrett’s Fantesca Pinot. Tastes as if it were made in Napa. Blueberry, boysenberry, mixed red fruit, rich. Medium/medium+ bodied. Lots of vanilla. Very enjoyable, but should be in some other category than Pinot. — 2 years ago

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Fantesca

All Great Things Freedom Red Blend 2013

Big fruit but not overly tannic. From our Napa trip. At Tangs with Chius and Galvanis. Again at Galvanis in Houston. — 3 years ago

Au Sommet

Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

Just had my next to last bottle of the 08. Wow. Very nice aging. Opened up after about 2 hours. Paired well with some 4yr cheddar and a seasoned prime chop. Fruit is complex and varies as the wine breathes. Great wine from one of the best makers. Hint. Try her work wth Fantesca as well. Also a great creation. Cheers!! — 5 years ago

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Ferrari-Carano

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

How can yo go wrong with this wine? Answer - you can't. Amazing day st Hall, Barnett, Sherwin Family and Fantesca today!!
private tastings at Ladera, Merus and Quixote tomorrow....
— 6 years ago

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Rick Z

You CANNOT go wrong with that wine!! Sounds like a greatvtrip! Enjoy it all!
9.2

Champagne Lallier

Grand Rosé Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Shay A
9.1

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

The Fantesca property on Spring Mtn is gorgeous, and their tasting room at the winery is stunning. Really enjoyed getting to try more of their wines.

Our visit ended with our wonderful hostess giving us a bottle of champagne to take to dinner. A very enjoyable and easy drinking rosé that has a little bit of all your looking for...strawberries, gummy red fruits, chalk, limestone, toasted scone with black cherry spread a touch of sweetness toward the finish. A perfect pairing with Bistro Jeanty’s puff pastry topped tomato soup! One of our favorite restaurants in the valley!
— 3 years ago

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Peggy Hadley

Peggy Hadley

Your notes are great. We love Bistro Jeanty also.
Shay A

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@Peggy Hadley : Thank you! And yes, Bistro Jeanty is such a special place for us...the food is consistently superb! Love their steak and frites!

Entrepreneur

Reserve Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This is the Diamond Mountain cab from Constant Vineyard. Made by Tony Arcudi (Fantesca, arcudi, kapcsandy). Kirk venge has made the wines from 2013 on. This is a dense mountain wine with floral and earthy notes. It has an elegance to it. Very nice 2 hrs in. — 4 years ago

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Fantesca

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

08' Fantesca Cabernet. This gem of a wine is from my wife's small stash of California Cabernets. Soft rounded edges, super approachable, such a can't miss...crowd pleaser. A bit of vacation happiness. Happy wife- Edit after an hour of decanting... WOW — 5 years ago

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Bobby Gilbane

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Delightful wine but the bottle is a storage killer.
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No kidding - my bad for not knowing

Fantesca

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

The Fantesca property on Spring Mtn is gorgeous, and their tasting room at the winery is stunning. Really enjoyed getting to try more of their wines.

I’m really picky on chardonnay, but this was intoxicating. It’s crazy young, but this is going to vault up the scale for me. First comparison that comes to mind is Aubert’s Larry Hyde & Sons, but with a touch less acidity (still plenty). This is supremely balanced. Honeyed stone fruits, lemon cream, and a slate/mineral note on the nose. Rich without being too dense. Vibrant. Powdered sugar lemon bar, meringue, and honey roasted cashews. This was (or may still be), the only chardonnay Heidi Barrett makes.
— 3 years ago

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Arcudi

Black Sears Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

David T
9.3

We met Tony Arcudi at Fantesca another wine that he and Heidi Barrett make/consult. Actually, Heidi was there and it was the first time I’ve bumped into her.

The nose reveals; beautiful perfume blue & purple fruits, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, plum, creamy black raspberries, black licorice, soft soils & clay, limestone, violets, blue florals, black pepper, saddle-wood, leather, graphite, light dark spice, and fresh lavender & withering dark perfume florals.

The full body is rich, lush & gorgeous. The structure, tension, length and balance & are in harmony. The wine is seamless. Beautiful perfume blue & purple fruits, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, plum, creamy black raspberries, black licorice, soft soils & clay, limestone, dry crushed rocks, violets, blue florals, black light pepper, saddle-wood, leather, graphite, light dark spice, and fresh lavender & withering dark perfume florals. The round acidity is like a waterfall. The ripe, rich, well balanced finish is beautiful and lasts a couple minutes. Tony was a rising star and now has certainly arrived.

Photos of, the view from Fantesca, Tony Arcudi, side views of Fantesca and the entrance to their cellar.
— 4 years ago

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I’ve heard about this from @Shawn R ...

Fantesca

Los Carneros Chardonnay 2006

Ron R
9.2

The last bottle was on the decline. This one came to play ball...
Melon, peach and brioche on the nose. Toasted almonds and butterscotch on the palette. A beautifully balanced wine with a taught acid structure. Finished long and sweet. We really enjoyed this tonight.
Drink these up, ASAP.
— 6 years ago

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Fantesca Estate & Winery

Fantesca Estate & Winery

What a wonderful review! Thank you for the thoughtful notes and the recommendation for those with the 06 in their cellars to start drinking now.
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You're welcome @Fantesca Estate & Winery! Just a shame that trying to locate your chards on the market is like looking for rocking horse pooh. Sniff...