Le Artishasic Tintas Red Blend 2018
36% Tinta Cao, 40% Tinta Roriz, 24% Souzao
The elegant dry red blend is comprised of three grape varieties typically used to make sweet Port wines, Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz & Souzao. In the Duoro region of Portugal, these varities can also be used to make beautifully balanced dry red wines. In lieu of making Pinot Noir, Le Artishasic presents the Tintas, with their balance of delicate fruit and subtle earthiness. These varieties are aged independently, in seasoned large format barrels for 24 months, promoting oak integration and length of finish in the wine. This delecate red has the versatility to pair with fish, vegetables, or lean meats.
Flavors of Amarena cherry, pink peppercorns, and dried fig with aromas of fresh tobacco, leather, bay leaf and strawberry compote.
Pair with grilled protabello, jamon Iberico or lamb gyro.
315 cases made
Artie Johnson's illustrious career has taken him across the United States, from Houston, to Austin, New York City, Miami, and now Napa Valley where he is the proprietor and winemaker at Le Artishasic Winery, named after a combination of the names of his wife, daughter, and son. Johnson's Napa career began at the prestigious cult winery, Harlan Estate. For his next role he was recruited to join historic Mayacamas Vineyards as Director of Hospitality before moving on to found Le Artishasic winery in 2015 under his parent company, WINEXYZ, a consulting firm that he formed to help small family-owned wineries excel in direct-to-consumer strategies (we are honored to be one of the few retailers he has chosen to work with).
“Being a winemaker is an evolution of my career. Working in the restaurant business taught me about service, persistence, & people. Working in Austin, New York City, & Miami exposed me to culture and diversity. All of these elements are in my wines today. Taking calculated risks in your career can pay off in a big way down the road. Sometimes a direct path is not exactly the best path,” notes Johnson.
Johnson's goal with his winery is "to make well-balanced Napa Valley wines in the old world style while displaying beautiful California fruit." While a majority of his wines are sold DTC, they also can be savored at some of the best restaurants in Napa, such as Bouchon, Meadowood and The French Laundry.