The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Clajeux Vineyard is a superb example of the Chalk Hill appellation. Graphite, smoke, grilled herbs, black fruit, game and savory herbs meld together in a dense, powerful, intensely mineral-driven Cabernet Sauvignon. A very slight touch of brett gives the Clajeux much of its distinctive Old World personality. As long as readers know what to expect, the Clajeux is a wine full of personality. The Arnot-Roberts 2013 Cabernets were all done with 30% whole clusters and aged in 30% new oak.
Arnot-Roberts was founded in 2001 in Healdsburg, California by childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts Duncan and Nathan grew up in the midst of vineyards and winemakers in the Napa Valley. Each took an interest in the wine industry, with Nathan following his father’s lead as a cooper, and Duncan pursuing winemaking in renowned wineries in Napa and Sonoma. The focus of this two person operation is on small lot, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, as well as several other varieties uncommon in Northern Californian vineyards. Through good fortune and a keen eye, they have identified vineyard sources that are both singular and extraordinary. Collaboration with dedicated and passionate growers is paramount in the farming of these sites and vinification of their wines.