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Arista Russian River Chardonnay 2014

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The 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a blend of our three Russian River Valley Chardonnay vineyards: El Diablo Vineyard on Eastside Road, Banfield Vineyard on Martinelli Road and Ritchie Vineyard on Eastside Road. The wine is made with a modest amount of new oak to allow the fruit to take center stage. These appellation wines always offer great insight into the region as a whole for the given vintage. In the 2014 growing season, the Russian River Valley experienced beautiful, moderate weather with very few heat spikes or rain events. Thus, we have a wine with great richness and silkiness, yet still possessing firm structure. Notes of brioche, yellow peach, panna cotta and white flowers greet the nose, while flavors of tangy limeade, pear nectar, lemon zest are buoyed by a savory and mouth-watering mix of acid and minerals on the finish. Peak drinking window: 2016 through 2026
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Russian River Valley
Brand Arista
Alcohol/vol 14.6%
  • we96

Wine EnthusiastThis high-toned, lovely wine is a best-of blend from several vineyards-primarily Ritchie and Banfield. Sugar pie apple and fig flavors form a robustly concentrated fruitiness that's ribbed with vibrant minerality. A clarified butter-like creaminess comes through on the finish.

Virginie Boone, May 1, 2017
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorPacks in lots of exotic smoky oak, rich nectarine and fig flavors, with butterscotch and melon accents. Tails off a bit on the finish, but this should reward with time. Drink now through 2021. 433 cases made.

James Laube, April 30, 2017