Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 2013

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Trout Gulch Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains

The trout Gulch vineyard sits at 800’ above the tiny town of Aptos, about 4 miles from the ocean in Santa Cruz county. The site was planted in 1980 to the old Wente clone of Chardonnay which is considered by many to be the heritage selection of Chardonnay in California.The soils in this cool climate site are sandy loam and the vines are carefully tended by Richard Alfaro. Harvest often stretches until mid October and the resulting wines are high in natural acidity with a notable salinity on the palate. We are excited to work with such a special site and think the wines we have produced so far from this plot will age well in the cellar for years to come.


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    Antonio Galloni
    January 2015
    97 Another brilliant wine, the 2013 Chardonnay Trout Gulch bristles with energy and tension. The flavors are bright, precise and chiseled throughout. Lemon zest, lime, jasmine and crushed rocks literally jump from the glass in a crystalline, precise Chardonnay that dazzles from the very first taste. Arnot-Roberts' Trout Gulch is one of the most compelling Chardonnays being made in the United States. It's as simple as that.