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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 2 
ProducerArnot-Roberts (web)
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.6 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 39 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by vanpe003 on 12/28/2015: No detailed notes, but more integrated, not as bracing, as the bottle I had a few years ago. Burgundian in character. (220 views)
 Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 12/22/2015 & rated 91 points: Taster below nailed it. Zesty citrus lemon lime. Acid almost searing but there is enough fruit and mostly minerality to keep it from being over the top. The most chablisienne ca chard you will find. (243 views)
 Tasted by Habacomike on 9/17/2015 & rated 92 points: This is, by far, one of the best Chardonnay's I've had from California. Great acidity, lots of lemon, little oak. If you like big California Chardonnay, you will NOT like this. It is definitely in the style of a French Chablis. (458 views)
 Tasted by slanum on 6/24/2015: Bright and lively. Zesty lemon with a mildly buttery tone to it. Well done on the acidity front--mouthwatering. Everything is in balance. If it were more complex it would deserve to be compared to a fine Chablis. Excellent. (622 views)
 Tasted by doubledoc on 11/15/2014 & rated 94 points: Motherfu*king lightning lemon sour zappers mixed sea salt dipped maybe not seasalt but some other mineral rockyness but not like wuss rocky 1 rocky but badass rocky 4 rocky where even tho the russian (drago) beat apollo to dead rocky train hard in russia with pureness that allow him to defeat and make message about glastnost. do you even remember when he drove through that tunnel or when he was training in russia and did those intense sit ups and also ran in front of the car and then ran up the mountain and got to the top and yelled at the top and it made you feel as though even though detroit was failing but we were still ok (i.e., specific metaphor for the pre (and post)-soviet decline of western hedonistic culture and manufacturing prowess we still felt strong and could release movies like gung ho without irony.

lemon, smoke, salt, acid, crazy good, lip smacking

Halloween set: crazy, weird, different. your happy, may want to repeat, change "recreation" if needed (1204 views)
 Tasted by Cote d'Or on 9/21/2014: PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs
-translucent light gold with green tinge
-sour lemon, slight funk
-mouth-watering acidity, searing minerality on ripe and slightly sweet lemony mid-palate, power without weight, excellent length
-thrilling dynamic wine loaded with tension, very reminiscent of a Chablis in a riper vintage (1058 views)
 Tasted by slanum on 2/17/2014: Much more enjoyable than my last experience of this wine. Weightier, more substantial, though certainly not ponderous, it seemed to have added dimension. Still dominated, according to my tastebuds, by lemon flavors but on this occasion they were fleshier, deeper, and consequently more interesting. Some distinctly floral characteristics made an appearance, and whereas the last bottle disappointed me I liked this one very much. (2048 views)
 Tasted by markydecker on 1/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Consistent with previous note. Wish I had purchased more of this, it's a phenomenal Chardonnay for those who like them unaltered by too much oak. Very enjoyable! (1670 views)
 Tasted by wineretriever on 11/5/2013 & rated 90 points: Lemon, green apple, overripe pear, white flowers, and a hint of smoke on the nose. Lemon and tart green apple with notes white stone on the palate, which is framed by medium plus acidity. Very enjoyable wine. (1729 views)
 Tasted by slanum on 9/7/2013: I was bowled over by the 'Watson Ranch' and had high expectations here which, alas, went largely unfulfilled. Very pale in the glass. Aromas were reticent and brought to mind broth and grandma's face powder. No tropical notes, be they pineapple or coconut. So far, so good. For me the flavor was just too simple: one-note lemon--nothing of any depth, nuance, or complexity. Ample acidity, not blowsy, so in no way flawed, but kind of anticlimactic. Not a wine I would be inclined to buy more of except that I already did. Time and air did not improve things. Actually, the more I drank it the more negative my opinion became. Yeah, it wasn't monkeyed with, but I don't find much there there. (1646 views)
 Tasted by ucbeau on 9/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Chilled this for about an hour in the fridge, then popped and poured. Gorgeous pale yellow with green flecks. Aromatically very Old World in style. Lots of citrus and washed rock with hints of tropical fruit too. As it opened up we found notes of white flower and lemon curd. On the palate it's got tons of acidity, creating a juicy, vibrant mouthfeel. Excellent balance between ripeness and fruit intensity. The finish is clean and delicate. Drinking beautifully right now. (1566 views)
 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 9/5/2013: Initially this was all about its acidity. It remained quite severe for a while, appealing only to the hard core Chablis/German Riesling fan in me. After it had gotten some air, and also warmed up a bit the wine became a bit easier to take, so I will consider that for future bottles. (1170 views)
 Tasted by salil on 9/5/2013 & rated 87 points: Blind Pinots and Syrahs at David's (Enfield, CT): Nicely balanced, but rather nondescript - there's pleasant pear and citrus fruit accented by stony mineral elements, but not a whole lot else going on. It's very light on its feet and precise with bracing acidity, but not showing much depth or complexity right now. (1621 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 7/28/2013 & rated 84 points: I admire the fact that they tried to do something different than the typical Cal Chard, but this didn't quite work for me. It just seems out of balance. All lemon and acidity, almost like drinking lemonade. Perhaps it was just the bottle, since I recall having this wine before (not sure if it was the same vintage) and the lemon was noticeable, but not so overpowering. (976 views)
 Tasted by Andrew Christiansen on 7/12/2013: Excellent balance between crisp, citrus themed fruit and tangy acidity. Perfect summer Chardonnay and a nice meal complement. A non-traditional, new-wave CA Chardonnay without the enamel-striping acidity and under-ripe fruit of many IPOB efforts, at least to my palate. As a chablis lover I expect CA Chardonnay to exhibit similar qualities or I won't bother, which is likely unfair, but it's my preference. The AR Santa Cruz was not a Chablis ringer, at least until day two when a subtle saline note emerged, but it was similar in cut and weight, which is all I ask. If wineries like AR, Copain, Rhys et al keep releasing Chardonnays made in this style (crisp, bright, sans butter and wood), I might finally grow to love CA Chardonnay, or at least a small, emerging subset of it. Rombauer lovers should look elsewhere-you've been warned. (929 views)
 Tasted by Onthelees on 6/23/2013 & rated 89 points: Pale straw color; shy nose of citrus and hints of iodine; citrusy lemon with clearly stated salinity and iodine with good acid and length. Just in time for summer (931 views)
 Tasted by zscheiner on 4/27/2013: Lean, taut and focused with lime and salinity. Chablisian and delicious. (1297 views)
 Tasted by geeky? not sure on 4/12/2013: Love these guys. Great salinity and acidity. Lemon and toast followed by un-rip pear on day 2. Bracing and delicious. (1267 views)
 Tasted by suchitoto on 4/10/2013: so much better a few days after opening; was unbalanced at first (1239 views)
 Tasted by vinocerus on 4/5/2013: Mouth puckering acidity with unmistakable lemon accents. Mineral notes reminiscent of Chablis but frankly this is a bit difficult to drink. (1235 views)
 Tasted by weingutwilhelm on 3/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Slate, green apple, apple blossom, citrus peel, mint. Gossamer green fruit, savory character, lots of tangy, citrusy acidity, Very bright and focused, with sappy persistence. ★ (1406 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 2/4/2013 & rated 93 points: Very light cloudy lemon yellow color; ripe lemon, lightly saline, vanilla, Puligny-Montrachet-like nose; tasty, rich but poised, tart lemon, mineral, saline palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (from 30 yr old dry farmed vines on sandy loam soil) (1349 views)
 Tasted by markydecker on 1/4/2013 & rated 94 points: If you don't like Chablisean wines, stop reading now. If you like deliciously decadent salinity, minerality, lively acidity and wines that beg for food, you have come to the right place. Kudos to Arnot Roberts for stepping out and making a quality Chard totally out of the mainstream mold. I'm going back to them to beg for more...I'm in heaven with this wine. Absolutely delicious. Bravo!!! (1800 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/4/2013 & rated 90 points: steely minerally lemons (1692 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 12/16/2012 & rated 82 points: Tried again to see if it was a bottle shock problem. Slightly better than the last bottle. Got some fruit through the acidity this time. Green apples, citrus. Prior taster noted lower oak - agree that this works if the acidity settles down. Will leave the last bottle for a while. A-R has been a good producer (in my experience) (1516 views)
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Vinous, Sonoma...A Thrill a Minute (Jul 2013)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/4/2013)
(Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains) Very light cloudy lemon yellow color; ripe lemon, lightly saline, vanilla, Puligny-Montrachet-like nose; tasty, rich but poised, tart lemon, mineral, saline palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (from 30 yr old dry farmed vines on sandy loam soil)  93 points
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Once referred to by wine writers as the Chaine d'Or -- or "golden chain" -- the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA sits above Silicon Valley, running along the craggy range next to the Pacific on some of the prettiest parts of Northern California. The area supports more than 75 wineries, despite being limited by geography and high land prices.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

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