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Arista Winery
Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – 2013

Wine Spectator
92 points

"The wild berry and raspberry flavors are supported by dusty, loamy earth and cedary oak, maintaining focus and persistence through the finish. Ends a touch woody."
James Laube, September 30, 2015
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Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard, Anderson Valley – 2013

Wine Spectator
93 points

"A strikingly complex and delicate style, with a tenderness to the texture and tannins amid a vibrant core of rich plum, raspberry, wild berry and dusty herb flavors. Shows a touch of anise and oak on the finish."
James Laube, September 30, 2015
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Arista Winery
Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2013

Wine Spectator
94 points

“This ultrarich, deep and layered white offers a wealth of fruit and flavor dimensions, extending from the cloak of toasty oak to the core of ripe pear, honeydew, green fig and citrus.”
James Laube, September 30, 2015
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Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2013

Wine Spectator
94 points

"Presents a tight, solid, direct core of pear, apple, citrus and melon flavors, fanning out with a splash of toasty oak. Turns silky smooth, ending with a persistent anise and black licorice edge."
James Laube, September 30, 2015
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Chardonnay, Banfield Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2013

Wine Spectator
93 points

"Shows off a creamy, woody vanilla presence that accents the ripe fig, honeydew and subtle citrus shadings, fanning out and gaining herb and savory underbrush nuances."
James Laube, September 30, 2015
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Arista Winery
Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2017

Jeb Dunnuck
98 Points

From one of the Grand Cru sites in the Russian River (although it's a big, diverse site), the 2017 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard saw the standard 12 months in one-third new French oak followed by six months in stainless steel. Buttered pineapple, nectarines, honeyed flowers, almond paste, toasted bread, and honeysuckle notes all emerge from the glass, and this beauty is full-bodied on the palate and flawlessly balanced. The purity of fruit is just about off the charts, and it has good acidity as well as a great mid-palate...

Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020
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Arista Winery
Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – 2017

Jeb Dunnuck
94 Points

Moving to the reds, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley was all destemmed (as are all the Pinot Noirs here) and was brought up 11 months in just 20% new French oak. Its ruby/plum and translucent hue is followed by a savory nose of mulled black cherry and currant fruits interwoven with lots of spice, forest floor, earth, and bouquet garni. Textured and medium-bodied, with good acidity and great balance, I suspect it's going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and should have a decade or more of overall longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020
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