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Arnot-Roberts, Cabernet Sauvignon Clajeux Vineyard Sonoma, 2018

$106.99
"94+ Points. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Clajeux Vineyard is a powerful, savory wine that expresses all of the character of this Chalk Hill site. Dark cherry, plum, gravel, scorched earth, leather and a good bit of whole cluster savoriness from the 30% stems give the aromatics tons of presence to play off the wine’s mid-weight structure. This is a fabulous vintage for the Clajeux." -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

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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 94
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Clajeux Vineyard is a powerful, savory wine that expresses all of the character of this Chalk Hill site. Dark cherry, plum, gravel, scorched earth, leather and a good bit of whole cluster savoriness from the 30% stems give the aromatics tons of presence to play off the wine’s mid-weight structure. This is a fabulous vintage for the Clajeux." -Vinous

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

VINTAGE
2018
BOTTLE SIZES
750 ML
COUNTRY
USA
REGION
California
APPELLATION
Sonoma
WINE TYPE
Red
VARIETALS
Cabernet Sauvignon
ORGANIC
Certified
VINEYARD
A cool and rocky site in the Mayacama Mountains is home to the Clajeux Vineyard. We have hand worked the same 12 rows in this vineyard-formerly called Wild Iris-since 2003. Planted to clone 7 in well drained volcanic soils, this site is cooled by afternoon breezes sweeping in from the Russian River Valley below and the ocean to the West. As a result, the vineyard is characterized by long slow flavor development in the grapes and naturally low yields. Fermented 30% whole cluster and aged 22 months in 30% new French oak barrels hand crafted by Nathan Roberts.
SOIL
Volcanic
VITICULTURE
Organic, vertical shoot positioned
VINIFICATION
30% whole-cluster, native yeast primary + secondary fermentation.
AGING
22 months in 30% new French Oak
NOTES
14 year old vines grown in volcanic soil at 800’ in the Chalk Hill AVA above the Russian River Valley. Fermented 30% whole cluster with native yeast, and basket pressed to 33% new French oak barrels for 22 months. 6 barrels produced.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Elegant , Rich , Tannic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied

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