Arnot-Roberts "Fellom Ranch" Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains 2013
96 Points Vinous
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch, from a site in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is rich, deep and beautifully textured. Pomegranate, sweet red plum and exotic spices are all pushed forward in a sensual Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with pure appeal. I expect the Fellom Ranch will be the first of these 2013 Cabernets to open up. Even at this early stage, it is very, very pretty. The Arnot-Roberts 2013 Cabernets were all done with 30% whole clusters and aged in 30% new oak. Childhood friends Duncan Arnot and Nathan Roberts have turned out a spectacular set of new releases. The highlights are the 2014 Pinots and Syrahs and the 2013 Cabernets, but all of the wines in this range are absolutely delicious. Arnot and Roberts have dialed in a very personal style that seeks restraint but never at the loss of intensity. The reds are typically done with high level of whole clusters and new oak is kept at a minimum throughout the cellar. These are some of the most distinctive, compelling wines being made in California today. I can't recommend them highly enough.