Vinous 94 - The 2015 Chardonnay Watson Ranch is powerful and richly textured, almost shockingly so for an Arnot-Roberts wine. Ample and voluptuous because of the low yields of the vintage, the 2015 exudes intensity in all of its dimensions. Apricot, hazelnut, vanillin and dried herbs build into the creamy, deeply expressive finish. All things considered, the Watson Ranch handled the challenging conditions of the growing season well.
John Gilman 93 - Watson Ranch is in the extreme southern end of Napa Valley, just above the San Pablo Bay and is one of the coolest vineyard sites in northern California. The soils here are a blend of clay and limestone, which is also extremely rare in Napa. The 2015 chardonnay from Arnot-Roberts from Watson Ranch is excellent, offering up a superb bouquet of pear, lemon, butter, chalky minerality, a touch of fleur de sel and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with impressive focus and grip, zesty acids and a very long, balanced and classy finish. This is only 12.5 percent octane, but seems just a bit more complete than the 2013 version. Fine, fine juice.
Pale golden and viscuous. Fresh nose with stone fruit, apples and some lemon. Rather round on the palate with a soft and slightly broad acidity but of good quality. Very pure and pleasant Chardonnay.