This was my contribution for a New World v Old World Pinot tasting, with all 14 wines tasted blind.
I enjoyed my visit here earlier in the year, and thought the 2016 was great with a lot of life ahead. This 2013 is entering its prime drink window, in my opinion.
The only Fantesca wine not made by winemaker Heidi Barrett, but by assistant winemaker Tony Arcudi. A good balance of classical Cali Pinot with some old world flair. Fruit here is slightly underripe and a mix of red and black berries. A definite herbal influence with underbrush. Lots of layers here...rhubarb tart and candied black cherries up front before evolving to show herbs de Provence, cedar, crunchy cranberry and tobacco leaves. I called this my wine. — 25 days ago
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. — 2 years ago
Delightful — 5 years ago
One of my last ‘07s bought on release. Still a favorite all time Napa vintage. Great concentration and depth. — 2 months ago
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! — 7 months ago
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. — 4 years ago