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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery

Arrowood Vineyards & Winery The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for nearly four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988.

From San Francisco: Take Highway 101 North. From Highway 101 take Highway 37 towards Napa and Sonoma. Travel seven miles (2nd stop light) and take Highway 121 North (left turn). Travel seven miles to 4-way stop and continue on straight for another two miles, where you will veer right onto Arnold Drive. Stay on Arnold Drive and make a right at Madrone Road (sign posted "to Santa Rosa"). Drive to the end of Madrone and make a left on Highway 12. Winery entrance is one mile up the road on the right. From Santa Rosa: From Highway 101 take Highway 12 East. The winery is one mile past the Glen Ellen turnoff on the left hand side.

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14347 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA, US, 95442 Email:
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  Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Speciale
At Arrowood Winery, we think all of our wines are special; once in a while, we produce a wine that exceeds even our wildest expectations. Our 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is just one of those wines. Richard Arrowood believes that this is one of the top three Cabernet Sauvignon wines Arrowood has produced in the Reserve style; it is right up there with the 1994 and 1997 vintages. And we’re not the only ones who think so. Robert Parker, the highly discriminating wine critic, gave this wine 96 points and described it as “…one of the best Cabernet’s produced in Sonoma County…” We have no problem agreeing with that one! This 100% varietal wine is a complex blend of six of our favorite Sonoma County vineyards. Keeping vineyard lots separate, we aged them for two years in French and American oak barrels. After creating the Reserve master blend, we returned it to 100% French oak barrels for another five months of aging. Finally, we bottled it unfined and unfiltered. This aversion to over-manipulation will allow the wine to be even more pronounced in its complexity and finesse. This seductive wine tantalizes the senses from start to finish. In the nose, intense aromas of fresh crushed blackberries mingled with pleasing notes of crème de cassis and hints of vanilla. Dark fruit flavors of cassis and blackberry dominate on the palate and are beautifully balanced by bold, firm tannins and substantial structure. A clean, focused and lengthy finish completes this very harmonious, very complex wine. Our 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, Réserve Spéciale can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with delicious cuisine. Keep it simple and try it with a pan roasted salmon, grilled rib eye or flank steak, or go for a more refined entrée like rack of lamb or prime rib. It’s your choice – with this remarkable wine you can’t go wrong.
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Speciale
Our flagship Cabernet! After aging for 24 months in French and American oak, the lots selected for this special blending were returned to the barrels for several more months. Drinkable now, well-balanced wine will mature for at least a decade.
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
is Cabernet Sauvignon is layered and complex, and follows in the tradition we established with our first vintage. From the deep, dark color to the intense aromas of black cherry and cassis, to the mouthwatering flavors of dark berries and créme de cassis, each layer unfolds slowly and deliberately. A small addition of Merlot softens the mouthfeel, while even smaller amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc add spice and complexity to the blend. Reflecting our non-interventionist philosophy, this wine is neither fined nor filtered; aging in French and American oak barrels creates subtle nuances of oak and vanilla that serve as a backdrop for the wines forward fruit flavors
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
The 1997 vintage was one of the decade’s best and brightest at Arrowood. Deep, ruby red in color, this wine presents an up-front bouquet of complex and delightful scents—luscious fruit aromas made up of such classic elements as cassis, cherries and blackberries. This aromatic bounty of sweet, forward fruit is augmented by notes of cedar box and oak. The palate shines with these fruit flavors, along with spice. Firm, yet balanced, tannins lend longevity and ageability.
  Chardonnay, Réserve
In the glass, our 2003 Reserve Chardonnay shows off a subtle green-gold color that belies the effusive aromas of fleshy tropical fruit, cinnamon and clove that follow. On the palate, those same flavors mingle with melon and toasty oak in a rich, almost viscous texture. With its complexity and full-bodied nature, this wine could easily be mistaken for a young Burgundian wine, although it clearly speaks of its California origins.
  Chardonnay, Sonoma County
Richard Arrowood compares the 2003 Sonoma County Chardonnay to the 1987 vintage, which matured into an exceptional bottle of wine. Bright fruit flavors of green apple, melon and peach are complemented by crisp, racy acid notes. Because the fruit is grown in a relatively cool climate, we guided it through barrel and malolactic fermentation to balance out the crisp acids and give the wine a rich and creamy texture. Sur lies aging and stirring in French oak barrels adds hints of toasty oak and spice to the final blend.
  Cote de Lune Blanc, Saralee's Vineyard
Our 2003 Côte de Lune Blanc is a lovely blend of white Rhône varieties Rousanne, Marsanne and Viognier. The fruit for this wine was grown in Saralee’s Vineyard which is located in the cool growing region of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. This vineyard is known for being tended with great care, and yields fruit considered to be among the finest in the region. This is our fourth vintage of Côte de Lune Blanc, and it is a delight from start to finish! Complex aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, blossoms, and herbed tea with butterscotch in the background rise up from the glass, followed by layered flavors of luscious tropical fruits on the palate. This smooth, full bodied wine finishes with impressions of wet stone and butterscotch.
  Merlot, Sonoma County
While still young and edgy, this wine posses tremendous aromatics with upfront toast and smoke from the vanilla in the oak barrels. Tremendous depth with exceptional balance and complexity. This wine exhibits great dimensional nose that includes coffee and black fruits like cherry.
  Pinot Blanc, Saralee's Vineyard
We feel this wine is grand expression of Pinot Blanc! Crisp, mineral-like acids and bright fruit are the rewards of longer hang time in the vineyards. Typical for this vintage, the 2003 Pinot Blanc has a nice structure to it that is balanced by its beautiful soft, round texture. In the glass, an enticing golden green color leads to aromas of canned pear and cinnamon. Layers of rich fruit and mineral lead into a long and luscious finish. 100% barrel aging in French oak for 8 months along with 100% malolactic fermentation rounds out the wine and enhances its already luxurious, velvety texture.
  Syrah, Kuljian Vineyard
Distinctive and dramatic, the 2000 Syrah from Kuljian Vineyard is packed with personality, reflecting the depth and intensity of the vintage. Generously perfumed, voluptuously textured, and charmingly persistent.
  Syrah, Saralee's Vineyard
Distinctive and dramatic, this is a showcase wine! In the nose, concentrated aromas of plum, blackberry and licorice mix with a perfume of lychee nuts. Dense, ripe fruit, chocolate and roasted coffee bean flavors give the wine a captivating sweetness on the palate, reminiscent of a perfectly prepared cappuccino. With its formidable structure, chewy tannins and surprising depth, this wine integrates the essence, or terroir, of Saralee’s Vineyard with the true varietal character of the fruit. It is a classic example of Syrah’s beauty – sweetly perfumed, voluptuously textured, and charmingly persistent. To quote Robert Parker Jr., fine wine critic, this wine is “…A full-bodied, layered, hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on…”
  Syrah, Sonoma Valley
This 100% varietal Syrah is blended from three distinctly different vineyards in Sonoma Valley. With phenomenal depth, complexity and richness, this wine is not for the faint of heart! Forward, focused aromas of anisette, Chinese camphor and smoked deli meat take center stage while hints of gardenia float in the background. In the mouth, these aromas carry through all the way to the long, lengthy finish. This powerful wine is so heavy and rich that the mouthfeel is almost viscous. It will complement equally weighty foods such as cassoulet, rack of lamb, or strong, flavorful cheeses such as Stilton or bleu.
  Syrah, Sonoma Valley
This wine makes a great first impression! Bold aromas of sweet ripe fruit gives you a hint of what’s to come. Assertive flavors of dark fruit, anise, and ground coffee commingling with plump, ripe tannins and pronounced oak.
  White Riesling, Alexander Valley
This lovely and floral 2003 Late Harvest White Riesling is reminiscent of the “Auslese” styled wines produced in Germany. After selecting grapes affected with the noble rot Botrytis cinerea, the grapes were crushed and pressed and the resulting juice was cold tank fermented. A delicious complement with fruit based desserts or simply as dessert itself!
  White Riesling, Select Late Harvest, Hoot Owl Vineyard
The near perfect growing conditions for botrytis cinerea—cool, misty mornings, hot afternoons and warm nights brought the sugars up to a very generous 31.5° Brix at harvest. The resultant wine is rich and complex with lush apricot, peach and pear nuances in the nose and a balanced cornucopia of fruit and honeysuckle flavors on the finish. It will age for many, many years to come, but do not hesitate to try it now with a nice warm bread pudding, fresh berries, or even a Gorgonzola cheese.


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