2010 Arnot-Roberts "Fellom Ranch Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Expansive, heady aromas of candied red and dark berries, pipe tobacco, potpourri and licorice, with a spicy nuance that gains strength with air. Stains the palate with sweet cherry-cola, cassis and floral pastille flavors supported by juicy acidity. The spicy quality comes back strong on a finish that features velvety tannins and a refreshingly bitter cherry pit quality.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Blue and black fruit, asphalt, melted road tar, mint, cloves and violets saturate the palate in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch. A rich, voluptuous wine, the 2010 impresses for its sensual personality, vivid detail and fabulous overall balance. Only in this second vintage, this Cabernet Sauvignon from a parcel at the top of Montebello Road near Ridge is flat-out beautiful. The 2010 is totally unique and distinctive. I get the sense the Fellom Ranch could be a markedly better wine. World-class, in fact. Right now, it is merely outstanding. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
These these Healdsburg, California-based winemakers have found that the road to high-end wine often begins with the soles of their own feet. While they're not leading the charge for "natural winemaking," minimal intervention is what they're all about. More from Antonio Galloni, writing in the Wine Advocate: "Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Roberts were in high spirits on the day I saw them, as the San Francisco Chronicle had just named them Winemakers of the Year, well-deserved recognition for this talented duo who have known each other since childhood. As for the wines, well, they were pretty special, as I hope these notes make clear. Meyers and Roberts use a fair bit of whole clusters and shy away from doing too much in the cellar, which means the wines are made with natural yeasts and see minimal handling in the cellar." (4/2013)