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Arnot-Roberts, Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Santa Rita Hills, 2021


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With hearts in the Old World and a forward-thinking dedication to expressing sites of distinction, Arnot-Roberts is one of California's pioneer producers. From the dry-farmed and organic-practicing Sanford & Benedict vineyard, with vine plantings dating back to 1971, this crisp and floral Chardonnay shimmers with layered elegance.


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Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts, along with a small group of fellow trailblazers, have led the way in helping redefine what California wine can be and taste like. Their wines have a deep sense of terroir, refined and elegant structure and are deliciously complex. In 2001, when they began this endeavor, finding local wines with these qualities was tough. But along with their aforementioned colleagues, they started a small revolution and these days you can walk into many a wine shop and find an example of what's been coined, “The New California Wine”.

But, perhaps a better sobriquet for Duncan and Nathan's wines might be The New California Classic. Their wines are a nod to the great California wines made in the decades before Parkerization. They have shown that California is capable of producing wines that shine in their youth and will gracefully age to glorious full maturity.

Arnot Roberts has become synonymous with New California wine in a lot of ways. Since their founding in 2001, they've spent a lot of time scouring the state for some of the best previously unknown vineyard sites, doing so with a respect for the environment that is nothing short of remarkable. They work with all their growers to encourage organic farming and minimize their environmental impact: these are wines that are not only delicious, but that you can feel good about drinking.

Like all great winemakers, the cornerstone of Duncan and Nathan’s approach starts in the vineyard. They are dedicated to finding super distinct and unique sites from Mendocino in the North to the Santa Cruz Mountains South of the Bay Area. Their enormous respect for California’s terroir have led them to some of the state’s most celebrated vineyards. But they aren’t just about the famous sites; they know the state is full of amazing and still unheralded regions and they’ve done an incredible job of hunting out great vines in very special spots.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 95
"The 2020 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict captures all the magic of this iconic Sta. Rita Hills site. Ample, creamy and inviting, the 2020 is beautifully textured from start to finish. Apricot, lemon confit, white flowers, mint and marzipan build as the 2020 opens with a bit of air. Arnot-Roberts pulls fruit from the old-vine section of S&B, which was planted in 1971 with own-rooted vines. Best After 2022." -Vinous

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

Sanford & Benedict is one of the most historic vineyards in Southern California. Planted in 1971 to mostly Pinot Noir and 50 acres of Chardonnay. This site is one of the crown jewels within the Santa Rita Hills AVA
Shale with loam and clay
Farmed using organic methods
The fruit was pressed and fermented in stainlees steel tank using indiginous yeasts then transeferred to neitral barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in neutral, French oak


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  • Style

    Elegant , Floral

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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