2009 Arnot-Roberts "Bugay Vineyard" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1094316 93 points 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.  (5/ 2012)

92 points 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.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).