Artesa is perhaps the most imaginative and striking of all Napa Valley wineries, rivaling and even surpassing the likes of Opus One and Dominus. Resplendent with a sculpture studded visitor center and a new futuristic fountain, everything about this young winery exudes panache and style, including the bevy of opulent, individualistic wines that flow from its exquisite vineyards. Artesa means 'craftsman' in Catalan, the language of Barcelona and the winery's owners, the Raventos family. As the name implies, all of this world-class winery's offerings are handcrafted. Born in 1991 to great fanfare, Artesa has undergone several makeovers in order to specialize in the production of small lots of exquisite wines from single vineyards. Established originally to make only premium sparkling wines, Artesa has adroitly switched its focus to include a range of premium still wines from California's finest varietals. Consequently, this winery's most notable offerings include a classic, complex Merlot, a stunning Carneros Chardonnay, an equally tantalizing Pinot Noir, and a rich, elegant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, in addition to several excellent champagne style sparkling wines. In total, Artesa comprises 352 acres in Carneros, 409 acres in northern Alexander Valley, and a new 300-acre Sonoma Coast property that will soon produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Spain's most important white varietal Albarino. Overseeing the entire still wine production at Artesa is Don Van Staaveren, the winemaker who created the now legendary Cinq Cepage while at Chateau St. Jean. He also holds an unprecedented number of Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year, as well as that publication's Wine of the Year Award.' In other words, this guy knows how to make wine.