- Producer: Arista Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Matt Courtney
- Region (AVA): Anderson Valley (Anderson Valley)
- Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage production: n/a
- Winery location: Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
- Owners: Mark & Ben McWilliams
- First vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2021-2031+
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 2018
"The 2018 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard comes from 30-year-old vines in Anderson Valley and was made with about 27% new oak. Medium ruby-purple, it's scented of dark cherries, blueberries, bergamot and gravel dust with undertones of fir. Medium-bodied, grainy and seamlessly fresh, it offers intense, powerful fruits and a broody streak of graphite on the long finish."
95 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, Nov. 2021)