VOLUME 9, ISSUE 50
November 21, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Bouchaine Vineyards: A Winery Steeped in Carneros History On the Pinot Trail: Tasting at Bouchaine Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir Heart & Hands Wine Company Sips of Recently Tasted California Chardonnays Pinot Briefs Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
This boutique winery was founded in 2001 by childhood friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. The winery focuses on small lot, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Nathan is a second generation cooper and builds all the French oak barrels that are used in the aging of Arnot-Roberts wines. Duncan has had winemaking experience at Caymus, Groth, Acacia and Kongsgaard.
Total production is about 2,000 cases annually with a total of thirteen distinct wines. The wines are allocated through a mailing list.
Articles About Arnot-Roberts
2012 Arnot-Roberts Legan Vineyard Barrel Sample Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Vineyard nonirrigated, planted in the 1980s at a cold, windy location at 1,500 feet elevation in the Corralitos sub-region. Well-drained sandy loam soils with considerable fine crushed rock. Site shows hi acidity and low fruit transparency. Yield 1.5 tons per acre. 100% whole cluster, foot crushing, ambient yeast fermentation, aged in 5-year-old French oak barrels. Low sulfur levels. · Nose has a confected, carbonic character. Flavors veer to dark red and purple fruits with mild tannins and nervy acidity. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »
2011 Arnot-Roberts Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
12.7% alc., 300 cases, $30. · Pale light straw color and clear in the glass. Aromas of apple, pineapple, crushed wet stones and sap. Flavors of green apple and hi-pitched lemon with piercing acidity. An austere, acid-driven wine with a hint of salinity on the high voltage finish. Decent. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »
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