2009 Arnot-Roberts "Bugay Vineyard" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $90)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Sexy aromas of cassis, candied licorice, cracked pepper and toasty oak, along with notes of allspice and mocha. Sweet, pliant and penetrating, offering intense dark berry and floral pastille flavors that put on weight with air. Dense but lithe cabernet, finishing with excellent clarity and thrust.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Bugay Vineyard emerges from volcanic soils on a ridge that lies between Knights Valley and the Russian River. Mint, flowers, sweet dried herbs, tobacco and plums flow from this rugged mountain Cabernet. The 2009 boasts tremendous energy and vibrancy. The aromas and flavor build effortlessly to the long, refined finish. This understated, pure Cabernet is all class and elegance. The 15% Petit Verdot in the blend adds personality. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Arnot-Roberts is one of the most exciting young wineries in California, or anywhere for that matter. Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts have put together a compelling set of wines that highlight the personalities of some of the cooler-climate sites in Northern California. Most of the wines are made with a high percentage of whole clusters. Vinification takes place with native yeasts and bacteria, and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. The latest addition to the lineup is a Cabernet Sauvignon from Fellom Ranch, a vineyard on the Montebello Ridge in the Santa Cruz mountains not too far from the parcels from which Ridge crafts their iconic Montebello. Readers who want to learn more about Arnot-Roberts may want to check out my video interview on www.erobertparker.com.
We're really excited to finally have a line on the exceptional wines from Arnot-Roberts, the joint venture between childhood friends Duncan Arnot-Meyers and Nathan Roberts. The Bugay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a cool, low-yielding vineyard in the Mayacama Range known for its rocky volcanic soils. Structured and refined, this age-worthy beauty has a real sense of place that will win over Bordeaux and California wine fans alike.