Arnot-Roberts, Watson Ranch Chardonnay, Napa
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Arnot-Roberts, Watson Ranch Chardonnay, Napa - 2017

Item # 41272 750mL
$44.96/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

The Watson Ranch vineyard is perched on a steep hillside overlooking the San Pablo Bay in the southernmost end of the Napa Valley. The vineyard is exposed to a wind-whipped site planted in 1993 on marine deposits over limestone. This soil type is extremely rare on the North Coast and is coupled with organic farming techniques, giving this parcel great potential to produce Chardonnay of singular character, structure and nuance.

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Staff Pick Notes

What do you get when you combine a life-long friendship with single vineyard wines sourced throughout northern California? A taste of this Chardonnay will give you some inspiration. Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts were childhood friends who grew up in Napa Valley in the early eighties, back when Napa was a newish region. They started Arnot-Roberts in 2001 with the intention of showcasing the potential of small, unique vineyards. Watson Ranch is a chilly pocket of southern Napa. Its soil is layered with marine deposits atop limestone. Whole cluster grapes are pressed to stainless steel and aged 10 months in neutral oak. It's an exceptionally balanced white. The palette charms with citrus and soft cream. Like a slice of frothy lemon meringue pie.

- TD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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