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2018 Watson Ranch Chardonnay

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Appellation: Napa Valley AVA

By: Arnot-Roberts

In: Healdsburg, CA

750mL / 12.0% ABV

Winestyr Review

It's hard to feel you're still in the Napa Valley when driving up to Watson Ranch, which sits within the city limits of American Canyon, but there you are. Down here, the maritime influence of San Pablo Bay is still pronounced allowing Nathan and Duncan to make yet another thrilling cool climate Chardonnay.

What We Love

  • Cool climate viticulture
  • Lean, mineral driven
  • Acclaimed winemaking

If you haven't begun collecting Arnot-Roberts wines, now is the time.


Founded in 2011, Arnot-Roberts is one of California's premier producers of honest, natural, balanced wines with fruit sourced from some of the country's best vineyards. The winery focuses on single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, with small amounts of more esoteric varieties as well. The wines are pure expressions of the terroir from whence they came and an absolute joy to drink.


Arnot-Roberts was founded in 2001 in Healdsburg, California by childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Duncan and Nathan grew up in the midst of vineyards and winemakers in the Napa Valley. Each took an interest in the wine industry, with Nathan following his father’s lead as a cooper, and Duncan pursuing winemaking in renowned wineries in Napa and Sonoma. The focus of this two person operation is on small lot, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, as well as several other varieties uncommon in Northern Californian vineyards. Through good fortune and a keen eye, they have identified vineyard sources that are both singular and extraordinary. Collaboration with dedicated and passionate growers is paramount in the farming of these sites and vinification of their wines.

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Customer Reviews

  • Verified Purchase

    Not big on Chardonnay

  • Verified Purchase

    You can taste the quality and minerality of this wine - only drawdown was getting the wax off lol but other than that I loved this!

  • Verified Purchase

    Not a chard drinker but I'll drink this one!