Arnot Roberts
Elegant, balanced single vineyard wines from one of California's most exciting small wineries

Website: arnotroberts.com

Arnot Roberts is a collaboration between Nathan Roberts and Duncan Arnot Meyers. For me, this is one of Californiaís most exciting wineries. They make just 2700 cases a year from a small winery in a warehouse in Healdsburg. Nathanís father founded a cooperage in Napa, and his grandmother is Margrit Biever Mondavi, Robertís widow. Duncanís father was a Napa attorney.


Nathan Roberts

They made their first wine together back in 2001 Ė a solitary barrel. The next year they made 4 barrels, and then in subsequent years grew production gradually to its current level. Itís still just a two-person operation and the wines are sold through a mailing list, three times a year.

Owning land isnít an option for them, so they buy grapes from a network of growers, and they seem to have a keen eye for ideal vineyard sources for the styles of wines they make.

The wines are restrained and elegant, without any of the over-ripeness that many California wines display. They seem to possess a beautiful textural quality, with attractive fruit but also lovely balance. Some of these wines were tasted with Nathan Roberts at the IPNC in Oregon; others were tasted in London at Robersonís New California event. In the UK, Roberson have a small allocation of the wines.

THE WINES

Arnot Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Textured, pure and lovely, with raspberry and cherry fruit. Shows real finesse: pure but rich and textured at the same time. 94/100 07/14

Arnot Roberts Pinot Noir Legan Vineyard 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Fresh and vivid with plums and cherries. A lovely fresh wine with seductive yet precise fruit. Quite beautiful. 94/100 07/14

Arnot Roberts Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard 2012 Sonoma Coast, California
Six barrels made. Pure and fresh with lovely red and black cherry fruit with some green and herbal notes in the baclkground. Lovely purity here. 94/100 07/14

Arnot Roberts Luchsinger Vineyard Trousseau 2012 Clear Lake, California
13% alcohol. Pale colour. So pretty and fine with silky, bright cherry and plum fruit, as well as fine herbal notes. Thereís some fruit sweetness but also some fresh, sappy notes, finishing juicy and a bit grippy. 93/100 03/14

Arnot Roberts Syrah 2012 North Coast, California
13% alcohol. Textured, meaty, fine and fresh with bright, focused raspberry fruit, and fine grained yet firm tannins. Grainy mouthfeel with lovely purity of fruit. A really seductive, intriguing wine. 94/100 03/14

Arnot Roberts Bugay Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Sonoma County, California
Vivid, fresh yet textured with perfumed blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. Structured and grippy with nice freshness and intensity. Dense, bold, quite tannin Ė a remarkable wine. 94/100 03/14

Arnot Roberts Syrah 2010 North Coast, California
11.9% alcohol. Deep coloured, with a vivid, fresh, spicy, savoury nose. The palate is fresh with ripe berry and cherry fruit, as well as some peppery freshness, and reductive savoury notes. Sweet, pure, fully ripe yet grippy: a lovely Syrah. 94/100 05/12

See also:

Hirsch Vineyards
Visiting Napa

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