Arnot-Roberts Watson Ranch Chardonnay 2016
Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
The Watson Ranch vineyard is perched on a steep hillside overlooking the San Pablo Bay in the southernmost end of the Napa Valley. The vineyard can be seen on the top of the hill just east of the Green Island Vineyard which we sourced fruit from 2007-09. Exposed and austere, the Watson Ranch is a wind whipped site planted in 1993 on marine deposits over limestone. This soil type is extremely rare on the North Coast and is coupled with organic farming techniques, giving this parcel great potential to produce Chardonnay of singular character, structure and nuance.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 93 points
Offering up pretty aromas of fresh, green orchard fruit, honey and a subtle top note of smoky reduction, the 2016 Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard is medium-bodied, elegantly textural and pure, with bright acids and good depth, concluding with a stony, mouthwatering finish.
Vinous - 94 points
The 2016 Chardonnay Watson Ranch is powerful and ample, as it often is, but also has quite a bit of aromatic freshness to play off the richness of the yellow orchard fruit. This is an especially savory, mineral-driven style of Chardonnay, with the natural breadth of Carneros, and phenomenal balance.