Arnot-Roberts Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Fellom Ranch, Santa Cruz Mountains,, Central Coast, CA
Presenting a new way of considering Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is elegant and earthy, dense with flavors of cedar, dark black fruits, raspberry jam, and wild chlorophyll - from Fellom Ranch Vineyard hiding in the hills of Santa Cruz Mountains at 2,200’ elevation.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELATION (AVA): Santa Cruz Mountains
REGION: San Francisco Bay – Santa Cruz Mountains
SUB-REGION: Santa Clara Valley
VINEYARD(S) : Fellom Ranch
GRAPES: Cabernet Sauvignon
SOIL: Katykat-Sanikara complex; mixed volcanic, sedimentary
PRACTICE: Sustainable, Organic
VINIFICATION: 30% whole-cluster fermentation, French oak cask
COLOR: Dark purple
PRIMARY AROMAS: Dark chocolate, rosemary, bay leaf, currant jam
FLAVOR: Savory, smoky, menthol, black currant leaf, dense with balance of oak and light astringency.
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Red meat, bison, deer, caribou, Peking duck, Tomahawk steak
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Arnot-Roberts was founded in Healdsburg in 2001 by childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Beginning with one barrel of wine made in their basement, the winery started small and grew slowly by sourcing grapes from some of the most remarkable vineyards in California. Duncan and Nathan grew up together in the Napa Valley and from an early age were immersed in the rhythm of agrarian life surrounded by the vineyards and winemaking of the early 1980’s.
The focus of Arnot-Roberts is to produce distinctive, site-driven wines that highlight the nature of the unique terroirs in which the grapes are grown. The journey to this end has led Duncan and Nathan to seek out vineyards throughout Northern California and now includes incredible sites in Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Rita Hills, Clearlake and Sierra Foothills. Single-vineyard wines are the core of the production as well as a few appellation bottlings that clearly speak of their individual upbringings. Some of the vineyards are old and dry-farmed, some are newer plantings, but all are farmed and cared for by passionate and conscientious growers, which is paramount to the fundamental goal of Arnot-Roberts: producing the most honest and expressive wines possible.
ABOUT THE WINEMAKING:
In 2017, the Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch melds together racy fruit from the warm growing season with the hillside savoriness that is such a calling card of this Santa Cruz Mountains site. The resulting wine is ample and exotically rich, but also tightly wound and in need of cellaring. Some of the finer nuances are perhaps a bit obscured by the fruit, but that in no way detracts from the wine’s considerable allure. The 2017 should be a fascinating Cabernet to follow over the next two decades, perhaps more."
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
The Fellom Ranch Vineyard is planted on an exposed ridgetop at 2200’ elevation in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Silicon Valley. When the Fellom family purchased their ranch on Montebello Ridge in 1929, it came with an established vineyard planted to Zinfandel. Between 1980-1983 they replanted and expanded this austere site with Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings from the Charles Krug Winery in the Napa Valley. These old, cane-pruned vines struggle in the harsh environment and low-nutrient soils, generating thick skins, and naturally low yields. The soil on the top of this mountain is a complex mosaic of Franciscan Chert, Sandy Loam, Clay and Serpentine, imparting structure and flavors unique to this historic winemaking region. The cool nights and airflow from the Pacific Ocean just 16 miles away from moderate ripening; extending the growing season and allowing these mature vines to produce balanced fruit with intense concentration and varietal purity.