• Producer: Arista Winery - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Matt Courtney
  • Region (AVA): Sonoma Coast (Russian River Valley)
  • Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage production: 421 cases
  • Winery location: Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
  • Owners: Mark & Ben McWilliams
  • First vintage: 2011
  • Drinking window: 2020-2027+


About The Wine


Originally planted and farmed by teh legendary Ulises Valdez, the U.V. Lucky Well vineyard sits atop a knoll on the western edge of the Sebastopol hills outside of the towns of Graton and Sebastopol. The area is home to some of the most highly acclaimed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in the Russian River Valley due in large part to the perfect confluence of soil, climate, and elevation.


The vineyard is in an area often referred to as the “banana belt” of the Russian River Valley because, though on the very coolest, foggiest, and western edge of the appellation, it sits on a knoll that rises above the fog line. This feature exposes the fruit to more gentle sunlight, which allows very slow and even ripening across the entire growing season. Arista's 4-acre section was planted in 2008 to Pommard, Swan, and Calera clones of Pinot Noir.


Ulises sadly passed away in 2018, but the Valdez Family are continuing his legacy.


Arista Winery U.V. Lucky Well Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

  • "Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir UV Lucky Well Vineyard offers aromas of charcuterie, raspberries and blackberries with accents of tangerine, potpourri and floral perfume. Medium-bodied and silky, it has concentrated, perfumed red berry fruits in the mouth with a firm, grainy frame and addicting freshness, gaining even more perfume and flesh through the long finish. Lovely! It will benefit from another 2-3 years in bottle."

    95 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, July 2020)


    "A classic effort, the 2017 Pinot Noir UV Lucky Well Vineyard is another fresh, focused red from Arista that has lots of mulberry and raspberry fruit as well as notes of savory herbs, dried earth, and spice. Playing in the medium-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum, with good acidity and fine yet notable tannins, it has a core of sweet fruit but almost has a Sonoma Coast-like texture and structure. Give bottles a year or two and enjoy through 2027+."

    94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2020)