2018 Arnot-Roberts, “Sanford and Benedict Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
ORIGIN: California, USA
Special Notes: minimal intervention, no added sulphur.
Former Pax assistant winemaker Duncan Arnot Meyers and cooper Nathan Roberts produce beautiful, terroir-driven, varietally pure small production wines. They launched in 2003 and have been slowly, steadily gaining cult status.
Duncan Arnot and Nathan Roberts have been adamant about their desire to work only with sites they can reach within a few hours of their Healdsburg winery, but when the opportunity arose to work with Sanford & Benedict fruit, they made an exception. I can't say I blame them. These own-rooted vines in Santa Barbara are among the oldest and most pedigreed in the United States. The debut 2018 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict is outrageously beautiful. Orchard fruit, mint, white pepper and floral notes lend brightness to this creamy, wonderfully nuanced Chardonnay. White wine Aged in wood Organic. 10 months in French oak barrels used.
Flavor Profile: Smooth and creamy. Bright acidity with a balanced, mineral finish. White fruits like apple and pear with notes of river rock on the nose.