2008 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch
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Winemaker Notes - When the Fellom family purchased their ranch at 2200' elevation on the Montebello Ridge in 1929 it came with an established vineyard planted to Zinfandel. Between 1980-1983 they replanted and expanded this austere mountaintop site with Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings from the Charles Krug Winery in St Helena. The cane-pruned vines grow in soil that is a mosaic of Franciscan Chert, Sandy Loam, Clay and Serpentine, imparting structure and flavors unique to this historic winemaking region. The cool nights and airflow from the Pacific Ocean 16 miles away enable these 30 year old vines to produce balanced grapes with intense concentration and varietal purity. Fermented 20% whole cluster. 3 barrels produced. The 2008 Fellom Ranch Cabernet exhibits hallmark aromatics of Bay leaf, tobacco and pepper combined with vibrant acidity and ample structure. A wine meant to age the 2008 can be enjoyed in its youth with a decanting but will reward patient cellaring.