93 Insider Points
95 Points Pedigree
Showing bright cherry and cassis on the nose, with hints of violet, tobacco, leather and dark chocolate. The palate is firm and dry with a powerful texture and wonderful dark berry acidity, leading to a lengthy finish of dark earth and black cherry compote. An amazing effort that deserves a few years in the cellar. Enjoy now through 2022. - DZ Apr 2016
Mayacamas Mountains, Sonoma County
It’s no fun keeping a secret, not a secret as good as this one! This wine was created by Peter Boyd at Creō, the next vintage (and possibly best) in the long line of member favorites. We purchased the remainder of the inventory when the winery closed its doors and now offered exclusively to Members along with Free Shipping on 2+ bottles.
Peter Boyd started Genius Wines and the Creō label with the grandiose purpose of creating Sonoma County’s best Cabernet Sauvignon. The inaugural release of this wine (2007 vintage) earned massive acclaim and a 95-point rating from Wine Enthusiast. Little wonder, the winemaker here was Dunan Arnot-Meyers, San Francisco Chronicle’s recent “Winemaker of the Year.” In a mention of Meyer’s proprietary winery, Antonio Galloni writes in the Wine Advocate: “Arnot-Roberts is one of the most exciting young wineries in California, or anywhere for that matter.”
Sourced from rocky hillside sources between 600 and 1100 feet above sea level leading up to the Mayacamas Mountain range, this Red Blend shows its pedigree and then some with complex earth and elegant black currant notes, and a finish that calls to mind tobacco leaf and incredible muscle with tannins holding firm around a core of blackberry fruit.
Reasons why we love it:
Thanks to well-drained volcanic soils and cooling afternoon breezes, the Mayacamas Mountains produce some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the country.
This re-labeled “cult” selection was made by Dunan Arnot-Meyers, San Francisco Chronicle’s recent “Winemaker of the Year.” Meyers is a Napa native, who worked as assistant winemaker at Pax Wine Cellars before turning heads with his own, eponymous Arnot-Roberts wines. Antonio Galloni adds in the Wine Advocate: “Arnot-Roberts is one of the most exciting young wineries in California, or anywhere for that matter.”
Lovers of Napa and Sonoma Cab have by now heard all about the tricky 2011 vintage. Inconsistent weather during bud break and the early part of summer created challenging conditions for growers. Cabs from 2011 tend to be more elegant and food-friendly than riper vintages, and that is certainly the case mountain-grown Cabernet. They are also outstanding wines to serve with food, their naturally firm tannins providing a great counterpoint to red meat and game.
With its brooding dark purple color, the 2011 Proprietary Red is silky, smooth and complex, with a striking balance of power and natural acidity. Captivating flavors of rich black cherry, ripe raspberry, and vivid orange peel deepen into fragrant earth, aged leather, sweet rosemary and Dutch cocoa. The enduring finish is silky, with fine-grained tannins and layered ribbons of espresso and slate.
In 2000 we were looking for a retirement job for Jack after his 30 years as an airline pilot, and being wine lovers and Napa Valley residents, vineyards naturally came to mind. On a trip to Southern California to see our daughters we stumbled upon the town of Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County, and the tasting room of Andrew Murray Vineyards. A few sips of his Syrah and we were hooked! Deciding that Andrew’s Syrah was the most magical nectar ever tasted, and totally unlike Syrahs produced in Napa Valley, we began our search for vineyards or land on which to create our own.
After some months of searching, 180 acres of cattle ranch land became available in the beautiful rolling hills of the Adelaida in Paso Robles’ Westside. Blessed with the morning fog and ocean breezes from the nearby Pacific and the long sunny afternoons of the Central Coast, we felt that we were approximating the same climatic conditions as the Napa Valley but with fabulous calcareous, Rhône type soils ~ the perfect terroir for Syrah!
And, indeed, it has proven to be. Even the early grape yields received rave reviews, earning two of Terra Bella’s grape buyers Parker ratings in the 90’s. As the vines have matured, the fruit has gained a depth and intensity of flavor. The marriage of Terra Bella grapes and Andrew Murray’s winemaking takes us to the goal we set for ourselves when we first decided to enter the wine business ~ quite simply, to produce the finest Rhônes in the Central Coast.
Pull out all the stops: t-bone steak, osso buco, and smoked venison are all fair game here.