We discovered and tasted this wine during our visit to the picturesque Arns Estate during our Napa Wine Experience back in 2013.
Arns are a small boutique producer of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from their twelve acres of vineyards on the lower reaches of Howell Mountain on the eastern slope above St Helena.
Proprietor and viticulturist John Arns and his winemaker partner Sandi Belcher produce this limited production single vineyard designated Syrah from fruit sourced from the Melanson Vineyard on Pritchard Hill.
|Rick, Linda and John Arns|
ARNS starting producing this SYRAH back in 2004. They admit, "It was a great surprise to be able to craft such a beautiful wine from Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley. We have enjoyed many spicy vintages from this time forward."
Arns Napa Valley Melanson Vineyard Syrah 2013
Dark inky blackish purple, full bodied, concentrated flavors of gooseberries, plum and what Arns refer to as 'wild black cherries' are accented by notes of spice, black pepper, and what Arns refers to as 'beef and violets'.
RM 91 points.
Napa Wine Experience 2013 - Arns Estate (Blog post at http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/)