Arnot-Roberts, Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vyd Santa Rita Hills, 2019

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The 2019 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict emerges from the original plantings that date back to 1971. Airy and gracious, the S&B is just sublime. Orchard fruit, mint, white flowers and crushed rocks are all beautifully lifted. There is a level of translucency here that is just dazzling. This is a great example of S&B. Don’t miss it. 96pts" -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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 96
"The 2019 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict emerges from the original plantings that date back to 1971. Airy and gracious, the S&B is just sublime. Orchard fruit, mint, white flowers and crushed rocks are all beautifully lifted. There is a level of translucency here that is just dazzling." -Vinous

Decanter

D 93
"In 2018 just one tonne of the original, own-rooted, dry-farmed Chardonnay vines planted at Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in 1971 became available for lease, and Arnot-Roberts was 'elected' by a local producers to be the recipients of this prized fruit. The nose immediately shows off the signature mossy, river-rock minerality this site exudes. This tension carries through the palate, melding citrus and stone-fruit flavours with a subtle, creamy power."

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