Arnot-Roberts was founded in Healdsburg in 2001 by childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Duncan had been involved in making wine at various wineries in the region and Nathan had worked with his father as a cooper of oak barrels. Both families had a long history of involvement in the Napa Valley community.
The intent is to produce wines that express the character of the sites in which the grapes are grown. No vineyards are owned. Fruit was sourced by arrangements with farmers from prime sites in Napa, the Sonoma Coast, the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Santa Rita Hills, Moon Mountain and the Sierra Foothills. The focus is on single vineyards, but some regional / appellation wines are also made if the grapes show strong association with their origins. The common thread is that most of the fruit is sourced from cooler vineyard sites.
The 2019 Syrah Clary Ranch is a powerful driving wine that is going to need time to be at its very best. Red-toned fruit rose petal spice lavender and blood orange are some of the signatures. The Clary Ranch is among the wines in this lineup that is marked by the decision to pick 7-10 days earlier than originally planned because of approaching fires. That turned out to be a smart decision because waiting just a few days would have resulted in a total loss. The 2019 will require time in bottle to soften which it did start to do with few hours of aeration.