Arnot Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard 2018
100% Chardonnay. 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”. 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. The Chardonnay from Trout Gulch is up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just four miles from the ocean, and it encapsulates those cool maritime breezes. Lively, bright, and full of life.