The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch, from a site in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is rich, deep and beautifully textured. Pomegranate, sweet red plum and exotic spices are all pushed forward in a sensual Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with pure appeal. I expect the Fellom Ranch will be the first of these 2013 Cabernets to open up. Even at this early stage, it is very, very pretty. 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.