2014 Arnot Roberts Trout Gulch Chardonnay
Candied lemon, crushed rocks, sage, dried flowers and a host of mineral-inflected notes open up. Distinctly tense and vibrant, the 2014 offers superb intensity yet also captures the phenolic intensity that makes Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnays so unique. The Trout Gulch remains one of the most distinctive, pedigreed Chardonnays being made in the United States.
Childhood friends Duncan Arnot and Nathan Roberts have turned out a spectacular set of new releases. The highlights are the 2014 Pinots and Syrahs and the 2013 Cabernets, but all of the wines in this range are absolutely delicious. Arnot and Roberts have dialed in a very personal style that seeks restraint but never at the loss of intensity. The reds are typically done with high level of whole clusters and new oak is kept at a minimum throughout the cellar. These are some of the most distinctive, compelling wines being made in California today. I can’t recommend them highly enough.