- Producer: Arista Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Matt Courtney
- Region (AVA): Sonoma Coast (Russian River Valley)
- Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage production: n/a
- Winery location: Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
- Owners: Mark & Ben McWilliams
- First vintage: 2009
- Drinking window: 2021-2031+
About The Wine
Arista Winery was founded by the McWilliams family with a mission to create the most elegant expression of Pinot Noir. Arista sources grapes from small, responsibly-farmed vineyard “gems” and works closely with these growers who share our dedication to sustainability in their vineyards.
This combination of minimal intervention and gentle yet meticulous coaxing in the vineyards and in the cellar have resulted in wines with rich, deep flavors that reflect the unique sites from which the grapes are sourced. Produced in small lots of several barrels, the wines are deliciously balanced with fruit, tannins, acidity and oak in harmonious proportion.
A true Russian River Pinot Noir should stand out for its depth, texture and darker fruit profile, and Arista's calling card Pinot has these characteristics in spades. Designated parcels of fruit from the Toboni, U.V. Lucky Well, Mononi and Arista Estate Vineyards are combined to produce a brilliant expression of vintage and regionality.
The Russian River Valley blend represents the unique characteristics of the appellation that set it apart from other growing regions. This wine is defined by its rich weight and texture and by the dark fruit profile commonly associated with the Russian River Valley.
Arista Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018
"The 2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir leads with a bouquet of lavender, crushed cherries, and notes of fresh blue and red fruit. Aged in a modest 20% oak. Only the faintest suggestion of toasted oak and graphite frames the rich cherry, raspberry and ripe blueberry flavors on the palate. 2018 was a cool growing season, and as a consequence the wine has a vibrant freshness that complements its depth and density. Fine-grained tannins and tart acidity provide lift, structure and balance."
Matt Courtney, Winemaker