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 and wind-whipped, and was 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.
Arnot-Roberts has played a huge part in advocating for naturally produced, single-vineyard bottlings from the Golden State. Fermentation in stainless-steel gives the wine its precision, while aging in neutral oak barrels lends a creamy textural quality.
The Watson Ranch Chardonnay is expressive and balanced, showing notes of pear, hazelnut, and apricot, with chalky undertones and stony minerality; zesty, balanced, and all around delicious.