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Arrowood Chardonnay Sonoma County Cuvée Michel Berthoud Réserve Spéciale 1997

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90 points Robert Parker: The debut vintage of a luxury Merlot cuvee, the 1997 Merlot Reserve Speciale (490 cases), is produced from 100% Merlot that was aged for 28 months in predominantly French oak. It possesses super ripeness, beautiful structure, full body, and a dense, thick, chewy personality with exquisite purity, balance, and palate presence. It will be a sumptuous wine after another 1-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades, atypically long for a California Merlot. (Dec 2000)

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less

90 points Robert Parker: The debut vintage of a luxury Merlot cuvee, the 1997 Merlot Reserve Speciale (490 cases), is produced from 100% Merlot that was aged for 28 months in predominantly French oak. It possesses super ripeness, beautiful structure, full body, and a dense, thick, chewy personality with exquisite purity, balance, and palate presence. It will be a sumptuous wine after another 1-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades, atypically long for a California Merlot. (Dec 2000)

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