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Arista Winery
Chardonnay, Banfield Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
92 Points

From a dry-farmed site and older vines, this wine is resplendent in white flowers, salty brine and strong flavors of melon, pineapple and sweet vanilla. With a soft integrated texture and toasted oak, crème brûlée and burnt sugar.

Virginie Boone, October 2018
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Chardonnay, Banfield Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2015

Vinous
92 Points

The 2015 Chardonnay Banfield Vineyard is the most open-knit and accessible of these 2015 Chardonnays from Arista. Lush and expressive on the palate, with terrific depth, the 2015 exudes balance and class. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2015 is a bit smaller scaled and not quite as layered as the other wines in this range. Otherwise, it is impeccably done.

Antonio Galloni, April 2018
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Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2017

Wine Spectator
92 Points

Lusciously spiced, with well-structured white fruit flavors that are matched to dried mango and roasted pineapple details. The decadent finish features buttery pastry notes. Drink now through 2024. 239 cases made.

Kim Marcus, April 2020
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Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2016

Vinous
94 Points

The 2016 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is one of the more linear wines in this range, relatively speaking. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the wine a super-distinctive upper register. Aromatic, bright and focused, the Ritchie is refined and loaded with real personality.-

Antonio Galloni, May 2019
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Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
94 Points

Floral, reduced and mineral-driven, this blockbuster wine is tremendously complex and memorable. White peach, pineapple and white flowers intermingle with ease as teases of fennel, dried herb and ginger come to the fore. The oak lingers in wisps of salty caramel.

Virginie Boone, October 2018
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Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2015

Vinous
96 Points

The 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is powerful, deep and beautifully expressive, with tremendous resonance in all of its dimensions. Vivid, voluptuous and racy, the 2015 exudes class. Crushed rocks, white orchard fruit, lemon peel and mint are all very nicely delineated. Above all else, the Ritchie offers surprising freshness and nuance for such a big wine. The Arista Ritchie emerges from 40 year-old vines on the highest part of the property.

Antonio Galloni, April 2018
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Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2016

Vinous
93 Points

Arista's 2016 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is rich, ample and beautifully resonant in the glass. Apricot, tangerine, white pepper, mint and lightly honeyed notes all grace this flamboyant, rich Chardonnay, which is a great introduction to the Arista wines. Vineyard sources are El Diablo, Ritchie and Banfield and the estate. All of the wines in this range are compelling, but the Russian River Valley Chardonnay is the under-the-radar gem

Antonio Galloni, May 2019
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Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

Robustly concentrated and rich in ripe notions of apple, pear and white peach, this wine offers an intensity on the midpalate and plenty of lush length. It finishes with ease, allowing room for toasted oak and vanilla to linger.

Virginie Boone, October 2018
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Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2015

The Wine Advocate
92 Points

The 2015 Chardonnay Russian River Valley offers up gregarious tropical and citrus fruit notions of guava, grapefruit and lemon tart with suggestions of allspice, fresh ginger and baking bread. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with tropical and spicy layers, featuring a lively line of freshness and finishes on a savory note. 578 cases were made.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 2018
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Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2015

Vinous
92 Points

The 2015 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is gorgeous. Supple, lush and inviting, the 2015 is a fabulous introduction to the Arista wines. Lush and tropical, with fabulous freshness, the 2015 is terrific. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, chamomile and white flowers add lovely shades of nuance throughout. The Russian River Chardonnay is rich and opulent, but not at all heavy.

Antonio Galloni, April 2018
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Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard, Anderson Valley – 2016

Vinous
92 Points

The 2016 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard is another attractive wine in this range. Hints of earthiness and game add complexity to match the energetic, focused feel of a bright, nuanced Pinot loaded with class and personality.

Antonio Galloni, May 2019
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Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard, Anderson Valley – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
95 Points

A compelling combination of well-integrated oak spices and forward, opulent fruit flavors make this full-bodied wine almost irresistible. It has a smooth texture, layered and concentrated notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, new leather, wood smoke, cooked cherries and ripe plums supported by moderate tannins and good fruit acidity.

Jim Gordon, November 2018
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Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard, Anderson Valley – 2015

Wine Spectator
90 Points

Well-structured, offering a firm mix of raspberry, licorice, dusty herb and cedar flavors, with the structure and density making this a candidate for short-term cellaring. Best from 2019 through 2026. 413 cases made.

James Laube, May 2018
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Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard, Anderson Valley – 2015

Vinous
94 Points

The 2015 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard, from a site in Anderson Valley, is wonderfully lush, aromatic and expressive. All of the natural richness of the vintage comes through in this ample, voluptuous wine. A rush of succulent red cherry, blood orange, spice, star anise and rose petal builds into the powerful, flamboyant finish. What a gorgeous wine this is.

Antonio Galloni, April 2018
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Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
94 Points

Soft, seductive and focused, this best of the best from the appellation is lengthy and complex, with tension on the palate. Dark cherry, wild cinnamon, crushed rock and black tea mingle effortlessly around a rich, dense roundness that never loses its balance or sense of delicious purpose.

Virginie Boone, October 2018
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Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – 2015

Wine Spectator
90 Points

Light toasty oak casts a mix of caramel and cedar notes, joining a mix of elegant cherry, berry, graphite and spice flavors, ending with fine-grained tannins. Best from 2020 through 2027. 1,472 cases made.

James Laube, May 2018
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Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2017

Vinous
94 Points

The 2017 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard shows the more finessed side of the Arista house style. Orchard fruit, white flowers, lemon confit and white pepper give the 2017 a striking register of brightness to play off the rich, viscous fruit. This textured and super-explosive Chardonnay has a ton to offer.

Antonio Galloni, April 2020
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Chardonnay, U.V.-El Diablo Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2017

Vinous
94 Points

The 2017 Chardonnay U.V. El Diablo Vineyard brings together all the best elements of the Arista house style. Rich, bold and luscious, with no hard edges, the 2017 is a real showstopper. Apricot, honeysuckle, orange confit, wildflower, butter, tropical fruit and honeyed notes all race across the palate in this deep, stunning and creamy Chardonnay.

Antonio Galloni, April 2020
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Chardonnay, Banfield Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2017

Vinous
93 Points

The 2017 Chardonnay Banfield Vineyard is powerful, but also tightly wound, with a lot of energy to play off of the rich, luscious fruit. The Banfield has a real phenolic feel of structure. This is the coolest site Arista works with for Chardonnay. I would give it a few years in bottle to come around, as it is a bit austere, its considerable richness notwithstanding.

Antonio Galloni, April 2020
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Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2017

Vinous
91 Points

The 2017 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is rich, bold and luscious - all qualities that make it an excellent choice for near- and medium-term drinking. Apricot, tropical fruit, lemon confit and white flowers give this bold, textured Chardonnay tons of personality. This is an especially flamboyant style.

Anthonio Galloni, April 2020
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