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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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)
Seems to have good raw materials, but for current drinking.....too young, or at least that's my hope. The acidity is quite bracing / tangy, and for my palate seems out of balance at this point. This is not a fruit bomb.....right now, it's an acid bomb. I applaud its subtlety re: oak and not overly buttered. But I'd prefer to see more fruit, even though it's young, to balance out the acidity. Underneath all that acid, this seems to be some pretty good juice. But tonight, this is going to require a Prilosec before I go to bed. Hiding the rest of these away for a couple years in the hopes that it develops a more rounded character, with acidity folding into the fruit that I hope is there. I won't rate this at present, because my views, at least in terms of current drinking, are well below the average here. For my own personal reference....85 points give or take....maybe a touch less than that.