- 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
"A different beast from the Russian River releases, the 2017 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard comes from the Anderson Valley and is one of the fresher, more Burgundian styled wines in the lineup. It offers notes of forest floor, savory red and black fruits, flowers, and sappy herbs. Tight, vibrant, and juicy on the palate, with good acidity and silky tannins, it needs air to show at its best, and my money is on it benefiting from 2-3 years of bottle age."
93+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2020)