The Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is a rich, layered wine. On the nose, the wine displays aromas of wet granite, brioche, orange blossom, lemon oil, grilled pineapple, and baking spices. On the palate, the wine is silky and rich, with notes of pear nectar, lemon butter, mango, and panna cotta. The wine has an intensity that builds on the palate for several seconds, peaking with a stony mineral note. This Chardonnay has incredible density and length, with layers of flavors unfolding on the palate for a full minute.
The Chardonnay blocks in Banfield Vineyard are some of the coolest sites we work with. The vineyard sits in a protected pocket of the Russian River Valley that collects cool air in the mornings, and warms up slowly only when the morning sun peeks over the surrounding hills. Aromas of lime zest, orange blossom, wet granite, panna cotta and grilled bread emanate from the glass. The wine has great texture, density and minerality with notes of Asian pear, lime curd, flint, and lemon butter that build in intensity through the mid-palate and carry the long finish.
The El Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay is made from grapes grown on the eastern banks of the Russian River by the esteemed vineyard manager, Ulises Valdez. Our two favorite selections of Chardonnay, “Montrachet” and “Old Wente”, are planted in this vineyard and are blended together to create this wine. Notes of Meyer lemon, orchard fruit, burnt sugar, candied orange peel, mint, cut hay, and panna cotta marry with bright acidity and refreshing minerality.
Our Toboni Vineyard Pinot Noir showcases a captivating mix of richness, earthiness, and purity of fruit. Notes of pine needle, sandalwood, dried flowers, and raspberry liqueur greet the nose. On the palate, a savory mineral quality pairs nicely with notes of raspberry preserves, white pepper, and huckleberry. With time in the glass, the wine reveals layers of complex flavors and aromas including espresso bean, kirsch, cinnamon, charred rib-eye, and fresh pastry.
Our Mononi Vineyard Pinot Noir is a wine with layers of gorgeous aromatics. On the palate, the wine leads with bright red cherry, which builds in intensity, elderberry, espresso, raspberry reduction, and minerals on the finish. The nose boasts a bouquet of fresh roses, forest floor, ripe wild cherries, and pencil shavings. The wine unfolds dramatically in the glass, revealing layers of cola, roasted chestnuts, and black truffle bolstered by polished tannins.
The UV Lucky Well Vineyard Pinot Noir is a vibrant expression of Pinot Noir from the ridge that separates the Sonoma Coast from the Russian River Valley. The wines from this ridge tend to have qualities of both regions: intense, bright, wild berry notes brought about by the cooling influence of the Pacific, and a broad, rich silkiness and complexity characteristic of the interior valley. This wine is no exception. Explosive wild berry, grilled meat, ripe strawberry, pine needle, raspberry liqueur, and black cherry notes adorn the nose. The palate is intense, rich, and dense, and is balanced by tangy acidity and firm tannins. Flavors of fresh wild blackberries, cola, and spiced cherries mingle with a note of earth and crushed granite for a full minute on the finish.
The Perli Vineyard Pinot Noir boasts an exotic nose of burnt sugar, forest floor, cassis, black plum, pine needle, and wild berry reduction. Savory, mouth-filling tannins and tangy acidity typical of this remote site on the Mendocino coast provide ample structure for flavors of black currant, graphite, tangy cherry, blue and black fruits, and Asian spice. There is a coppery acidity and mineral-driven intensity on the palate which carries the minute-long finish.
Our Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir is a dark and intense wine from one of the most historic vineyards in the famously cool Anderson Valley. On the nose, the wine shows great complexity with notes of brambly wild berry, forest floor, cola, pencil shavings, and blackberry preserves, backed up with classic secondary aromas of ground cinnamon, cedar, and Griotte cherry. The intensely floral nose is accompanied by flavors of bright red raspberry, black pepper, toasted herbs, and tart bing cherries. The mid-palate is silky and rich, leading into a long, layered finish.
Located on the western edge of the Russian River Valley, this site is famous for its Goldridge soils, chilly, windswept hills, and fog which allows for long hang-time, the gradual accumulation of flavors, and even ripening. The site is planted to Pinot Noir clones including 115, 667, and Pommard 4. Generally one of the last sites to be picked each year, the Kanzler Vineyard produces stunning fruit year in, year out. There is a very small list of producers fortunate enough to purchase a few tons each year from this site, Arista is honored to be one of them beginning with the 2019 vintage.