Frenchman Benoit Touquette has made a name for himself in Napa crafting amazing wines, and is known for his multiple 100 point scores from 12+ years experience making wine in the Napa Valley (Hartwell, Realm, Fait Main, Teeter Totter and Jack Quinn). Touquette was born in Lyon, France, he holds a Master of Science of Chemistry and one of Enology from University of Bordeaux. Benoit worked at several Bordeaux wineries including Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins-Lurton before heading to California. In the 2015 vintage he returned home to Bordeaux to create the Arbalest.
91 points Parker's Wine Advocate - "Here's a seriously fun Bordeaux wine that offers jaw-dropping great value, made by French native, Napa super-star winemaker Benoit Touquette. The 2016 Arbalest is a blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The Petit Verdot and the Cabernet Sauvignon come from the Left Bank. I’m not allowed to tell the name of the Château, but it’s in the Saint-Estèphe area. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc come from the Right Bank, where the soil is clay-limestone on limestone rock, with a southwest exposure.
Medium garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with notes of warm black plums, Black Forest cake, licorice and candied violets plus hints of fallen leaves and cedar chest. The medium to full-bodied palate is jam-packed with juicy black fruit, framed by ripe rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy."