2010 Arnot-Roberts "Fellom Ranch Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1129761 94 points 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.  (6/2013)

93 points 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.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2013 | Send Email
I hate to be brutally honest, but I was sadly recovering from an awful head-cold when I had the pleasure of tasting with these two fabulous winemakers at their Healdsburg winery. But as stuffed up as I was, I could still smell the amazing aromatics coming from this Monte Bello adjacent vineyard. Beautiful aromatics of sweet savory herbs are matched by the commanding presence of ripe candied cherries, tobacco and delicate purple flowers. This wine is so beautifully old world in its elegance and finesse, even the most hardened new world naysayer would fall head over heels for this Santa Cruz Mountains cabernet sauvignon.

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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.

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.


- 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.
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Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.