Arista Winery

Arista Winery

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2021

Ver well done. Medium body, but light on its feet. — a month ago

Arista Winery

Smokey Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

Always enjoy Arista. Pulled out this gem from the cellar. — 9 months ago

Ferren Wines

Lancel Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Shay A
9.3

I’ve opened a few Ferren Frei Rd chards (normally in the 4-5yr range) and have enjoyed them, but this was my first Lancel Creek. With the release coming up in a few weeks, I wanted to check in and figure out the profile. I’m between a 93-94 here.

Made by Matt Courtney (formerly at Marcassin, also winemaker at Arista). Beautiful straw colored in the glass with maybe a tinge of green, the aromatics are honeysuckle, sweet lemon, and sea salted almonds. I found this to be very similar to the Frei Rd in regards to acidity. So nervy all the way through. Totally coastal, but with a soft touch of rich fruit. Also similar to the Frei Rd, this is lemon everything (fresh squeezed lemon, lemon cream, lemon scone) but the mineral profile is more enhanced here. There’s a stone/slate vibe toward the finish that keeps this light on its feet. Oak is soft and plays a contributing role, not a dominating one.

I enjoyed this at pop and pour, then revisited 2-3hrs later and found the acidity had calmed down a bit. Definitely give this a decant now if possible, or hold a few more years.
— 2 years ago

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Deborah M

Deborah M

As always, great notes. I’m going to look for this one. How are his Pinots?
Shay A

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@Deborah M : They fall a bit down the middle in regards to style. They aren’t bombastic in flavor, but they aren’t lean either. A little bit more richness compared to Rivers Marie.
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : I agree with your note as well as your comment regarding their Pinots.

Arista Winery

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Deep Ruby color with aromas of red fruits, forest floor and spice. On the palate flavors of cherry and ripe raspberry with cedar notes, cola, cinnamon spice and earthy herbs. Full-bodied, fine tannins, long finish ending with fruit, oak and an earthy pepper character. Nice! — 5 months ago

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Papapietro Perry

Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

Chef Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot Sonoma annual weekend event:
A Taste of pigs & pinot on Friday night.

60 pinot wineries:  Arista, Bacigalupi, Boars View, Kosta Browne. Martinelli, Rochioli, Siduri, Sojourn, William Selyem, Lucia, Flowers, Blue farms,  Etc.

Judges pinot winner of the night:
1)  2020 Papapietro Perry..peters vineyard
2)  2019 Baldassari Wines runner up.

15 Chef showcases: all pork dishes.
Charlie Palmer, Bryan Voltaggio, Maneet Chauhan, Elizabeth Falkner, and various Healdsburg restaurants.
— a year ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
with Brenda
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Shay A

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Not familiar with that producer.
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Shay A I was not either and the winner circle pours line after the announcement was too long, so I'm going to have to chase a bottle down.

Arista Winery

Banfield Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Mike R
9.4

Brilliant- needs some time to age and I decanted - but omg this wine delivers — 4 years ago

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2018
Mike R

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Thank you @David L

Arista Winery

Vonarburg Vineyard Riesling 2014

Nice bright lemon acid, slate, petrichor; citrus zest bitterness on the finish; lacks the depth of a German Riesling but still lovely. — 7 months ago

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Lucia Vineyards (Pisoni)

Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Chef Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot Sonoma annual weekend event:
Ultimate pinot smackdown Sat afternoon.

4 master somms present 4 of their fav pinots and try to sell you on their choice.

Wines: Bruliam, Pig Named Stella, Resonance, Kosta Browne, Blue Farm, Lucia, Tendril, Dakel, Arista, Foxen, Antica Terra, Dalrymple, La Rochelle, Melville, Gramercy, Copain..16 tastings about 2 bottles of wine per person...ooooccchhh!

Winner:
Lucia vineyard - 2021 Soberanes vineyard
Runner up:
Blue Farm wines - 2019 Anne Katherine vin.
— a year ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
with Brenda
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Arista Winery

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017

Fruit forward. Slight peppery finish. — 2 years ago

Arista Winery

Perli Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

17’ Arista Perli Vineyards Chardonnay. One of only 18 vineyards on top of an AVA that was just created in 1997. Decanted for an hour. Medium gold in color. Bright pear & stone fruits, spices on the nose. “Sells it”. Pear, yellow apple, honey, pinenuts, moderate acidity/oak. with lively texture flowing through the finish. Unlike Matts Ferren Wines, these aren’t as big in the shoulders. Beautifully balanced Chardonnay. Worth checking out the entire Chardonnay line up since 2016’s. Cheers. Edit- This wine will taste even better in 2021+ — 4 years ago

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Aaron Hamrock

Aaron Hamrock

I really like the wines from this winery! Bravo for decanting.
David L

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@Aaron Hamrock Thanks, Completely different profile then Banfield & EL Diablo. Matt is doing a great job. He’s on Zoom with Booker Winery tomorrow. Check it out.