Arnot Roberts Syrah 2014 is a coveted wine from next-generation young trailblazers. Savoury, expressive and potent for venison sausages or your favourite roast.
Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Roberts have been making small lots of experimental wines from extreme vineyards since 2001. They believe that making complex, interesting wines in California — where ripeness is a given — involves focus on structure, such as acidity and tannin, rather than fruit. It’s not surprising that their wines have a savoury, ‘non-primary’ character atypical of California wine. Considered next-generation trailblazers, they already have a feverish cult following amongst the sommelier trade, and wine insiders. Six sustainably/organically farmed Sonoma Coast vineyards supply fruit for this remarkable Syrah, which combines lavender and minty botanical complexity with intense inky blackcurrant fruit. About a year in neutral French oak gives firm tannins a chamois polish, smoothing out the memorable finish. Drinkable now, but good for a decade of ageing. Pairing options includes prime cuts of roasted meat, venison sausages or duck confit.