- Producer: Arista Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Matt Courtney
- Region (AVA): Anderson Valley (Anderson Valley)
- Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage production: 556 cases
- Winery location: Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
- Owners: Mark & Ben McWilliams
- First vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2020-2030+
About The Wine
The Ferrington Vineyard, one of California’s most acclaimed Pinot Noir Vineyards, is tucked away just off Highway 128 in Booneville, a small town in the heart of the Anderson Valley.
Though 25 acres of the vineyard is planted to multiple clones of Pinot Noir, Arista selected a block in the vineyard that was planted to the Pommard clone because of its proven legacy in this cold climate appellation. Pommard is one of the oldest Pinot Noir clones found in California and is favored by many winemakers for its ability to produce outstanding wines without the help of other blending clones. It is respected for its reliable color, intense fruit, and fragrant spice components.
The vineyard has a gentle southfacing slope, and has decomposed sandstone and clay soils with three to four feet of topsoil. This vineyard was originally planted in the late 1960s although some of the 25 acres of Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1998 and some more recently.
Arista Winery Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
"The garnet-hued 2017 Ferrington Vineyard Pinot noir is a distinctive expression of Anderson Valley Pinot noir that blends power and freshness in the same glass. Explosive aromatics of crushed pomegranate seeds, dried lavender, plum, and graphite are hallmarks of Ferrington Vineyard and are present in abundance. The intensely floral nose is accompanied by flavors of bright red raspberry, black pepper, toasted herbs, and tart Bing cherries. A tangy, persistent acid backbone blends with almost effervescent tannins to give the wine a firm and energetic finish."
Matt Courtney, Winemaker