2016 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon, Fellom Ranch Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains, California (750ml)

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Regardless of varietal, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts of Arnot-Roberts can't seem to make a bad wine. Their reputation for crafting old world style restrained wines is well earned as they consistently release clean, well balanced and pure expressions of whatever grape graces the label of their handsome bottles. This 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Fellom Ranch Vineyard is no exception. It shows the generosity of the vintage with incredible concentration while not going overboard into any kind of fruit forwardness. With good structure and acidity, it will age well yet is approachable enough to enjoy right now - especially if paired with food, as in a nice filet. Here is what the guys have to say about the grape source, "When the Fellom family purchased their ranch at 2200′ elevation on the Montebello Ridge in 1929 it came with an established vineyard planted to Zinfandel. Between 1980-1983 they replanted and expanded this austere mountaintop site with Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings from the Charles Krug Winery in St Helena. The cane-pruned vines grow in soil that is a 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 16 miles away enable these 30 year old vines to produce balanced grapes with intense concentration and varietal purity.

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