Arnot-Roberts 'Fellom Ranch' Santa Cruz, California 2018
Duncan Arnot Meyer and Nathan Lee Roberts are one of the most dynamic wine teams in California. Their wines have an old world soul with new world flare, coming from some of California's most historic vineyards. The Fellom Ranch Vineyard is planted on an exposed ridgetop at 2200’ elevation in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Silicon Valley. When the Fellom family purchased their ranch on Montebello Ridge in 1929, it came with an established vineyard planted to Zinfandel. Between 1980-1983 they replanted and expanded this austere site with Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings from the Charles Krug Winery in the Napa Valley. These old, cane-pruned vines struggle in the harsh environment and low-nutrient soils, generating thick skins, and naturally low yields. The resulting wines from Fellom Ranch are wildly aromatic and deeply concentrated with dark pigment and fruit, supported by the tannic structure needed for a long life in the cellar before reaching full maturity.
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1980 & 1983
Soils: Katykat-Sanikara complex; Mixed Volcanic + Sedimentary
Pairing: Braised short ribs