Arnot-Roberts Trousseau North Coast 2018

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Arnot-Roberts was founded in 2001 in Healdsburg, California by childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. They both grew up in Californian wine country, among vineyards and winemakers, and are among the new breed of California wineries that release minute quantities of exceptional wines without actually owning a single vineyard. They seek out exceptional vineyards and growers, and turn their efforts into beautiful, boutique wines that highlight cooler-climate sites in Northern California, most being with a high percentage of whole clusters. Vinification takes place with wild yeasts, and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration and aged in neutral oak to allow true grape and terroir expression. An iconic grape of the Jura (also grown in Portugal, where it is named bastardo), trousseau is little known elsewhere, but was once a part of California's viticultural traditions. Widely planted in the Sierra Foothills pre-Prohibition, it is now experiencing a delicious renaissance. Among the first to experiment with California-grown trousseau, this cuvée is mostly comprised of grapes from the Luchsinger Vineyard (named for Bernie Luchsinger, who first planted it in 2001 with the idea of Port in mind), with additional cool climate Sonoma fruit included. A deceptively pale hue belies the complex aromas and flavors within! Its fluidity and dark perfumed floral aromas are reminiscent of pinot noir, but trousseau has a captivating character all its own of a more bucolic, outdoorsy nature. It is wonderfully bright and savory, and possessed of a lightness that contrasts deliciously with its backbone of firm tannin. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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