Watson Ranch Chardonnay by Arnot-Roberts is a beautifully fresh white which has more in common with Chablis than the overblown Chardonnays traditionally associated with California. This is refined, intense, and with a burst of honeyed fruit..
Childhood friends Nathan Roberts and Duncan Arnot-Meyers founded their winery in 2001. Nathan grew up around wine thanks to his grandmother’s marriage to Robert Mondavi and his father’s career as a cooper (Nathan now ...Learn more
“This is Californian Chardonnay at its best. All the rich, honeyed, exotic fruits jump out of the glass, yet with a steely, chiselled palate creating perfect tension and freshness. If you like your Puligny-Montrachet with added richness, you will adore this.”
“The 2012 Chardonnay Watson Ranch is drop-dead gorgeous. Almond, yellow stone fruits, flowers and sweet spices meld together in a Chardonnay endowed with incredible class and pure elegance. Subtle and understated, the 2012 impresses for its balance and total sense of harmony...This is easily one of the most striking 2012 Chardonnays I tasted.”
“The 2013 Chardonnay Watson Ranch is a real gem. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and apricot pits are some of the notes that open up in the glass. The flavors are bright, precise and lifted, but it is the wine's superb textural balance that truly elevates it. The 2013 is fabulous, but it needs time in bottle to come together.”
“The 2015 Chardonnay Watson Ranch is powerful and richly textured, almost shockingly so for an Arnot-Roberts wine. Ample and voluptuous because of the low yields of the vintage, the 2015 exudes intensity in all of its dimensions. Apricot, hazelnut, vanillin and dried herbs build into the creamy, deeply expressive finish. All things considered, the Watson Ranch handled the challenging conditions of the growing season well.”
“'Duncan Myers Arnot and Nathan Lee Roberts are childhood friends who identified great vineyards to source fruit from while on mountain biking trips across California. From vineyards located towards the southern end of Napa, this wine exhibits lean and tight lemon pith, with a mineral and saline palate that is focused with a touch of well-integrated oak. Drink 2018-2026 Alc 13.5%'”