One of the highlights in this range, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo Vineyard is utterly magnificent. Deep, pliant and explosive, the Montecillo shows just how magical this vintage is for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 boasts striking inner sweetness, power and richness, all in a super-classic style built for cellaring. Lavender, plums, gravel, smoke, sage, graphite, licorice, inky fruit and dark spices add the closing shades of nuance. This dark, masculine Cabernet Sauvignon is going to need time, but it is an absolute jewel of a wine. Montecillo, which is one of the Sonoma side of Mount Veeder, has emerged in recent years as a top Cabernet Sauvignon site as a new generation of young producers are showing just what is capable here. 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.