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Arnot-Roberts Syrah Sonoma Coast 2014

Duncan Meyers and Nathan Roberts are unapologetic fans of high-acid, emphatically racy white wines but are leery of excessively sulfured whites "where anything subtle is beaten down by the SO2." When I visited their winery this spring one thing Duncan said about a particular chardonnay vineyard stood out: "you wouldn't want to live there." He was referring to the cold and windy climate that makes for a long growing season and necessitates late harvesting "at full phenolic maturity but with low Brix levels and good retention of natural acidity." Meyers and Roberts are such acid freaks that they've actually taken to roasting their own (excellent) coffee from green beans to a very light color because they find all of the commercially available coffees they've tried acid-deficient. Interestingly, their red wines, while also decidedly on the fresh side, can show real heft and fruit sweetness, but nothing that screams "New World" in any way. 

-Josh Reynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Vineyard: Produced from a blend of six vineyards on the Sonoma Coast - La Cruz, Baker Lane, Clary Ranch, Griffin's Lair, Marietta and Que

Viticulture: All vineyards farmed using organic and sustainable methods

Vinification: The grapes were fermented using 100% whole cluster with native yeasts

Aging: Aged in neutral, French oak for 11 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered

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Category: 2014, organically grown

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