2020 Arnot-Roberts Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay

Santa Cruz Mountains, USA

Steely, saline Chardonnay from organic vineyards in California's cool-climate Santa Cruz Mountains district.




About The Wine

Planted around 40 years ago, the Trout Gulch vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains winemaking region sits at around 250 metres above sea level just four miles from the Pacific Coast. This is truly cool climate grape-growing territory, making elegant wines worthy of Grand Cru status!

Arnot-Roberts have been using grapes from this site for a few years now, using a gentle touch in the winery to maintain the pure expression of terroir from the vines. With wild yeast and just under a year of ageing in old French oak, this is a wine that speaks to place more than anything else.

Gorgeously balanced and with a real mineral streak, this will age well for years to come.

About Arnot Roberts

Arnot-Roberts was founded in Healdsburg in 2001 by childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts, with one barrel of wine made in their basement.

Growing up together in the Napa Valley, from an early age they were immersed in the vineyards and winemaking of the early 1980’s. After college, the duo followed their passion into the wine industry with Nathan joining his father as a cooper of oak wine barrels and Duncan pursuing winemaking.

The focus of Arnot-Roberts is to produce distinctive, site-driven wines that highlight the nature of the unique terroirs in which the grapes are grown.

Some of the vineyards are old and dry-farmed, some are newer plantings but all are farmed, and cared for by passionate and conscientious growers, which is paramount to producing the most honest and expressive wines possible.


Winemakers Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts.
Winemakers Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts.
Arnot Roberts Winery, Healdsburg, California
Additional Info

From The Producer

The Trout Gulch Vineyard is tucked within a dark and forested coastal canyon at 600’ above the sleepy village of Aptos, about 4 miles from the ocean in Santa Cruz County. This beautiful and pioneering site was planted by Bernard Turgeon in 1980 to the old Wente clone of Chardonnay, which is considered by many to be the heritage selection of Chardonnay in California. As with many of our sites, Trout Gulch lies at the absolute edge of ripening potential for the grape variety. We feel fortunate for the visionary farmers that planted vines in such marginal locations when we were children, so that we have the honour of working with them now in our adulthood. The soils in this cool site are fine sandy loam and the vines are carefully tended by Richard Alfaro and his top-notch crew. Harvest at Trout Gulch often stretches until mid-October and this long, slow growing season results in wines that are high in natural acidity, strong minerality, and have notable salinity on the palate. We are excited to work with such a special site and think the Chardonnays we have produced so far from this plot will age well in the cellar for years to come.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Duncan and Nathan in the vineyard
Duncan and Nathan in the vineyard
Sonoma California

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