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 Vintage2011(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2010 vintage.)
ProducerArnot-Roberts (web)
VineyardLuchsinger Vineyard
SubRegionNorth Coast
AppellationClear Lake

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 54 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by diggydan on 4/11/2015 & rated 92 points: Beautiful weight, texture, and ripe/tart strawberry fruit on the palate and nose. Excellent. (210 views)
 Tasted by Cote d'Or on 12/1/2014: PopnPour, tasted over 2 hrs
-semi-translucent very light red, almost a dark rose
-moderately aromatic, cranberry, wild cherry life saver, some floral
-med acidity, lighter weight, some red berry and savory elements
-fruit is starting to fade (808 views)
 Tasted by Cote d'Or on 8/30/2014: PopnPour, tasted over 1 hr
-semi-translucent bright light red
-cranberry moderately aromatic
-med+ acidity, lighter weight but impressive mid-palate sap
-very nice lighter elegant (1029 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 12/13/2013: Even lighter than the 2012. Less aromatics then the 2011. And softer still. Soft on the front and back and then very grippy. Nice graceful palate weight. (2427 views)
 Tasted by ruddy on 12/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Light, almost rose-like color. Delicate, floral, great finish. Nice bite, (2102 views)
 Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 11/30/2013 & rated 90 points: Had with sushi in nyc. Lovely wine. More like a rose than a red but still somewhere in between. Raspberries strawberries and a little cream. Drinking better now than the 2012 so maybe this guy can age a bit. (2347 views)
 Tasted by Decaturwinedude on 11/17/2013 & rated 88 points: Translucent pink/rose color. Strong cranberry and orange scents. Tastes like cranberries. Light bodied. Lacks a bit of intensity for me. I could use more acid. Turns cranberry juice-ish with time. Pleasant and pretty, though. (1758 views)
 Tasted by AccaDacca on 11/8/2013 & rated 89 points: Strawberry, some spice, good acidity. Excellent food wine. (1527 views)
 Tasted by chanukha on 10/19/2013: Just gets better and better. (942 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 10/10/2013: Deep, cloudy rosé color. Bright and enticing nose of sweet melon and red berries, very pinot-like. A bit watery and fumy on the palate, growing surprisingly tannic through the finish. Not scored. Bob H brought to WB at Tornado. (1060 views)
 Tasted by ruddy on 9/28/2013 & rated 90 points: Tart cherry, rose petals, reticent nose. Perfumy and velvety. Finish is long but drying. Some left over on day three and the fruit is much more front and center--tart strawberry, nice acidity. (967 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 9/24/2013 & rated 90 points: Almost a dark rose' in color, this has an enticing nose of cranberry, red raspberry, rhubarb, fennel and spice. The palate shows rhubarb, raspberry, spice & garrigue. Medium acidity/tannins, pleasantly surprising for a wine of this color. Really curious to see how this ages, open one now if you have more than one but no rush. (1096 views)
 Tasted by Cote d'Or on 9/11/2013: PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs and Day 2
-semi-translucent brickish red, almost looks like an old Burg
-gorgeous aromatics of raspberry, rhubarb pie, pomegranate, baking spices
-med+ acidity, lightweight frame with substantial mid-palate sap, fairly complex red fruits/spice/medicinal with a crystalline purity and decent length, med tannins sneak in after an hour of air
-delicate but substantial, a WIN for fans of aromatically-driven lighter weight reds, very good now but will also be interesting to see how this develops over a few years, more interesting than the 2010 tasted on release 2 years ago (1114 views)
 Tasted by Onthelees on 8/10/2013 & rated 91 points: Last bottle was flawed. Not this one. An alluring cranberry color introduces this wine to the eye of the drinker, setting the tone for the goodness to come. Aromas of red fruit greet the nose followed by a palate of strawberry, cranberry and just the right amount of bitterness, mounted on a frame of the perfect amount of acid and a quality mouthfeel. Fruit flavors became more enhanced as the wine opened up. Paired well with salmon with sesame oil, soy sauce and honey. This is a quality rose-red hybrid of sorts. Count us as A-N fans. (1182 views)
 Tasted by S1 on 7/13/2013: A really fun wine. Very light in color with fresh raspberry and herbal components. Summertime quaffer. (1250 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/9/2013 & rated 93 points: This is really a fantastic wine. deep rose in color, and slightly hazy; but pure and clean, strawberry smoke. (1277 views)
 Tasted by dyoshida on 7/7/2013: onion skin appearance, dusty herbal at first, intriguing and subtle, with crushed rock red strawberry and porcini mushrooms. med+ acid and med+ tannin. medium minus body, honestly if not for the med+alcohol, a dead ringer for young barbaresco. should have waited longer, only thing it lacked was a certain concentration and intensity to match its complexity (1228 views)
 Tasted by markydecker on 6/22/2013 & rated 89 points: Strawberry heaven. Parked right between the red and rose. Floral and fruity with nice acidity. Should be served at cellar temp or slightly cooler. A GREAT light summer wine. Will be on the lookout in future offerings. (1301 views)
 Tasted by jdunlap on 5/18/2013 & rated 90 points: First time drinking Trousseau and I found the wine very enjoyable. It's a wine that startles the red and white wine worlds without being a rose. Overall, this red wine is light and refreshing rather than heavy or ponderous.

Arnot-Roberts's treatment of this wine is lovely. Some fine sediment in bottle after several months of rest; light in color and expressing a delicate, but intriguing hue, somewhere between rose and very old Pinot Noir. Nose of strawberry and light flowers. The palate had a tiny bit of spritz just for a second when first opened, which blew off very quickly. The palate is delicate, with pronounced wild strawberry flavors. Balanced with good acidity and no meaningful RS; it reminds me of a combination of strawberries served in Beaujolais. Also, a bit of watermelon rind. Quite enjoyable. Sever slightly chilled. Would purchase more next time if offered. (1444 views)
 Tasted by mcsac67 on 5/11/2013 & rated 89 points: Served lightly chilled. Bright red in color, darker than a Rose. Looking almost like a fruit punch. Aromas of fresh strawberry and cranberry, yet also a bit floral. Flavors of strawberry and cranberry at the front, but with a strong acidity, crisp tannins and a long, dry finish. Very nice. (1433 views)
 Tasted by ucbeau on 5/10/2013: Popped and poured. Outstanding nose of wild strawberry, rose petal, tart cherry juice, and plum skin. It took a while for the bouquet to fully develop, perhaps about an hour. This wine tastes electric, the acidity is so vibrant and carries along a current of strawberry and tart cherry, red apple, grape stem, and subtle herbaceous notes. We were all enthralled with this wine. The finish is a burst of red fruit, very appropriate. (1360 views)
 Tasted by zscheiner on 4/27/2013: Honestly not sure what I think of this. Starts light, fruity, rosé-like, finishes earthy and a bit tannic. May like this more with a slight chill. (1486 views)
 Tasted by Wrmcbratney on 4/25/2013: Very interesting. Nose of underripe strawberries, papaya, papaya seeds and rye. Palate has some cherry, vanilla and a strong rye finish. (1404 views)
 Tasted by geeky? not sure on 4/12/2013: So, so good. Perfect balance of herbs and fruit. Great with or without food. Can't get enough. (1337 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 4/8/2013: Flowery and perfume, to me very exciting. Cran-raspberry thing. Tart on the back end, slightly bitter, wonderful to me. (1458 views)
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2011 Arnot-Roberts Trousseau Luchsinger Vineyard

Vineyard: Luchsinger Vineyard-Lake County, Clearlake AVA (1,400’ elevation)
Orientation: South
Soil: Alluvial rocky loam with some clay
Viticulture: Trained onto a bilateral cordon California Sprawl trellis system. Organically farmed
Vinification: 100% whole cluster, native yeasts for both primary and secondary fermentations. Minimal handling.
Aging: 4 neutral 450L puncheons and a 1500L foudre for 11 months
Production: 11 barrels-approximately 275 cases


Vintage: 2011
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: USA
Region: California
Appellation: North Coast
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Trousseau
Vineyard: Luchsinger Vineyard-Lake County, Clearlake AVA
Orientation: South
Soil: Alluvial rocky loam with some clay
Viticulture: Trained onto a bilateral cordon California Sprawl trellis system. Organically farmed
Vinification: Native yeasts for both primary and secondary fermentations. Minimal handling.
Aging: 4 neutral 450L puncheons and a 1500L foudre for 11 months
Production: 11 barrels-approximately 275 cases


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