Arista Chardonnay Russian River 2016

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Winemaker Notes

A wine that presents great richness and silkiness, yet still possesses structure. Notes of white peach, toast, sweet cream, and white pepper greet the nose, while flavors of orchard fruit, quince and Asian pear (and pear skin) are buoyed by a savory and mouth-watering mix of tangy acidity and minerals on the finish.

Critical Acclaim

Jeb Dunnuck

Arista Winery was founded in 2002 by Al and Janis McWilliams but is run today by their sons Mark and Ben, who took over the reins in 2012. They’ve brought on board winemaker Matt Courtney, revamped vineyards, and renovated the cellar, all of which appears to have paid off as they’ve fashioned some of the top wines in this report. Readers looking for the next superstar estate are advised to get on the bandwagon. One of the larger production cuvées is the 2016 Chardonnay Russian River Valley and it comes from the Russian River Valley and spent a year in 20% new French oak. Its light gold color is followed by a beautiful bouquet of honeyed pineapple, white flowers, toasted hazelnuts, and brioche. This beauty is classic Russian River with an exuberant, boisterous, yet pure, and incredibly classy profile. It's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years.

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