2011 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains


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  • > California
  • > San Francisco Bay
  • > Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • slanum wrote:

    February 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.

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  • markydecker Likes this wine: (94 points)

    January 26, 2014 - 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!

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  • wineretriever wrote: (90 points)

    November 5, 2013 - 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.

  • slanum wrote:

    September 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.

  • ucbeau Likes this wine: (92 points)

    September 6, 2013 - 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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/4/2013 (link) 93 points

    (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)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type White
  • Producer Arnot-Roberts
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (2%)
  • In Cellars 112 (56%)
  • Consumed 85 (43%)

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Who Likes This Wine

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