Arnot-Roberts Syrah Carneros North Block Hudson Vineyard 2009

Member Review by Mike Pobega:

Dark with crimson edges, Great nose of blueberry, cracked white pepper, some boysenberry and graphite. The palate had the bluebrry pie, the boysenberry, tar, some cedar box, and bacon fat. This needed about an hour to shine, although I liked it out of the bottle. I find there is a real change from moment to moment (hour to hour?) when a quality Syrah is opened...more so than say a Cabernet or Pinot. This had wonderful body. Not the most elegant Syrah I have had, but no brute either. Some bottle time should make this even better. A long finish completed the whole experience.

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Region: USA » California » Napa » Carneros
Winery: Arnot-Roberts
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Arnot-Roberts:
Arnot-Roberts was founded in 2001 in Healdsburg, CA by childhood friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. The focus is on small lot, vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs from some of Northern California's most incredible vineyards. Sites are carefully chosen and are generally on the cooler end of the spectrum for the planted varieties. Collaboration with dedicated and ... Read more
Arnot-Roberts was founded in 2001 in Healdsburg, CA by childhood friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. The focus is on small lot, vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs from some of Northern California's most incredible vineyards. Sites are carefully chosen and are generally on the cooler end of the spectrum for the planted varieties. Collaboration with dedicated and passionate growers is paramount in the farming of these sites. Duncan and Nathan grew up around winemaking in the Napa Valley. Nathan is a second generation cooper and personally builds all of the French oak barrels that are utilized in the ageing of all Arnot-Roberts wines. Visiting the forests in France each year and working in conjunction with the stave mills there, Nathan is able to select the premium lots of oak to bring back to California and assemble into the barrels for the coming vintage. Over the years Duncan has worked making wine in the Napa Valley in wineries like, Caymus, Groth, Acacia, Kongsgaard and until 2008, as assistant winemaker at Pax Wine Cellars in Sonoma County. Total production of Arnot-Roberts is around 1,200 cases per year with seven wines. Both primary and secondary fermentations are carried out utilizing native yeast and all of the red wines are bottled without fining or filtration. For the Syrahs a large portion of whole clusters are retained during primary fermentation and minimal if any sulfur is added at the fermenter. Amount of new cooperage used for each wine is site and vintage specific, generally not exceeding 30% new. For the Cabernets, hillside sites of intense character are chosen, small amounts of whole clusters are retained during primary fermentation and the wines are age for two years in varying amounts of new French Oak cooperage, selected and toasted to meld with the vintage at hand. Duncan and Nathan operate the Arnot-Roberts winery in a prohibition-era winery building in downtown Forestville in Western Sonoma County at the edge of the Green Valley appellation. Read less

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Snooth User: Mike Pobega
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Vintage: 2005 02/25/2009

Dark with crimson edges, Great nose of blueberry, cracked white pepper, some boysenberry and graphite. The palate had the bluebrry pie, the boysenberry, tar, some cedar box, and bacon fat. This needed about an hour to shine, although I liked it out of the bottle. I find there is a real change from moment to moment (hour to hour?) when a quality Syrah is opened...more so than say a Cabernet or Pinot. This had wonderful body. Not the most elegant Syrah I have had, but no brute either. Some bottle time should make this even better. A long finish completed the whole experience.


External Reviews for Arnot-Roberts Syrah Carneros North Block Hudson Vineyard

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Vintage: 2007 05/17/2010

Glass-staining ruby. Suave, mineral-driven scents of cherry-cola, blackcurrant, incense and fresh flowers, with a strong undercurrent of minerals. Spicy, finely etched dark berry and cherry skin flavors stain the palate, with dusty tannins lending support and slow-mounting minerality adding vivacity. Impressively precise syrah with excellent finishing cut and persistence.


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Vintage: 2007 04/14/2010

ST: 93 Points



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