Arnot-Roberts

Owner(s) Duncan Arnot Meyers, Nathan Lee Roberts
Web site www.arnotroberts.com
 
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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.

Reviewed Wines

2018 Arnot-Roberts Legan Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

12.0% alc., 275 cases, $60. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very floral nose with added sweet wood bark and vegetative aromas. More fruit-driven on the mid-weight palate, offering tart flavors of strawberry, red and purple grape and spice, yet the savory aspects largely override the fruit. The texture is like peach fuzz with integrated filigree tannins that trail off on the finish. A green note is still evident when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 88. Reviewed August 29, 2020 ARTICLE »

2018 Arnot-Roberts Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

12.0% alc., 150 cases, $75. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The savory nose features aromas of underbrush, sawdust, rose petal and deeply colored fruits. A robust, thickly-fruited wine offering an intense stream of blueberry-pomegranate fruit with a mild vegetative (green) undertone. Nicely balanced, with delicate tannins and a long, lip-smacking finish. The wine achieved more charm when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Arnot-Roberts seems intent on picking Pinot Noir at a lower Brix resulting in a more savory, even slightly green character in the finished Pinot Noir. This was much less evident in this wine compared to the Legan Vineyard bottling even though the final ABV is the same. Score: 92. Reviewed August 29, 2020 ARTICLE »

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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