Wine of the week: Arnot-Roberts release
Located in Sonoma County in California, Arnot-Roberts is the brainchild of winemakers Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Since making their inaugural single barrel of wine in 2001, Arnot-Roberts have gone from strength to strength over the years, focussing on high-quality vineyards that primarily grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Syrah, and Trousseau. While they don’t own parcels of land, the pair work closely with vineyard owners and viticultural consultants to harness the potential of the vines they work with, and are diligent in deciding the right time to pick – often picking earlier than others in the Sonoma County, to capitalise on acidity and freshness while still achieving fruit ripeness. While each wine is handled to fit the vineyard character and vintage variations, Arnot-Roberts stay true to a general set of principles in their winemaking: indigenous fermentation, little to no new oak, whole-bunch inclusion in their red wines, and often bottling without fining or filtering.
Arnot-Roberts El Dorado Gamay 2017, $78
Gamay Noir taken from vines at two high elevation sites farmed by the Mansfield family in El Dorado (the Barsotti and Witters vineyards), 100% whole bunch fermentation with partial carbonic maceration before being basket pressed to Foudre (large wooden vat) and neutral French oak barrels for ten months.
Arnot-Roberts North Coast Trousseau 2017, $84
Trousseau from three sites: Luchsinger, Bohan, and Bartolomei. Vineyard lots were fermented separately with 100% whole bunch before ageing in a combination of neutral French oak barrels, puncheons, and Foudres. Light-bodied and a great example of what Californian Trousseau can be.
Arnot-Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2017, $108
Coming from six vineyards across the Sonoma Coast region – Clary Ranch, Que, Baker Lane, La Cruz, Griffin’s Lair, and Marietta – these sites consistently produce incredibly characterful fruit with a unique intensity and a lively acidity.
Arnot-Roberts Clary Ranch Syrah 2016, $132
Unique Syrah from Clary Ranch vineyard, planted on a hillside in the Middle Two Rock Valley – right on the edge of where Syrah is able to ripen in California. Phenomenal aromatic profile and natural acidity supported by a dense and powerful structure.
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