• 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: 2011
  • Drinking window: 2021-2031+


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 2018

  • "Ulysses Valdez planted the UV Lucky Well vineyard about 19 years ago, and it's located at the far western edge of the Russian River Valley. This section of Calera and Swan clones produced a gorgeous result with the 2018 Pinot Noir UV Lucky Well Vineyard. Medium ruby, it offers alluring raspberries, pipe tobacco, violets and pencil shavings with wafts of bergamot and dusty earth. The palate is expressive and seamless—soft, juicy and fragrant—with lush but detailed fruit and lingering perfume. It's a stunning wine that drinks beautifully straight from bottle but will have a long life in the cellar."

    98 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, Nov. 2021)