Arista Winery

El Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay

9.222 ratings
9.15 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
David L

Can’t express how much I love this one..

Can’t express how much I love this one..

Mar 6th, 2020
David L

16’Arista UV-EL Diablo Chardonnay. What makes these wines so absolutely fantastic since 2013...to me it is obvious, Matt has turned this winery around. If you like a hammer style Chardonnay such as Kongsgaard/Morlet/Peter Michael. This is not necessarily your wine.
Chardonnay that’s not heavily coded by let’s say vanilla Bean “You guess it”Elegance/finesse/balanced & CLASSY. Unlike his Ferren Wines (Love them)this has slightly less punch. Highly recommend.

16’Arista UV-EL Diablo Chardonnay. What makes these wines so absolutely fantastic since 2013...to me it is obvious, Matt has turned this winery around. If you like a hammer style Chardonnay such as Kongsgaard/Morlet/Peter Michael. This is not necessarily your wine.
Chardonnay that’s not heavily coded by let’s say vanilla Bean “You guess it”Elegance/finesse/balanced & CLASSY. Unlike his Ferren Wines (Love them)this has slightly less punch. Highly recommend.

Dec 22nd, 2019
Patrick Derdeyn

Not as rich as the ‘15 but with the same bright fruit. Well balanced with more forward acidity supporting the touch of vanilla and the citrusy finish.

Not as rich as the ‘15 but with the same bright fruit. Well balanced with more forward acidity supporting the touch of vanilla and the citrusy finish.

Dec 20th, 2019
David L

14’ Arista UV-EL Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay. Old world!?! Burgundian style!?! Needs another year or more!!
Rich & layered. White flowers, white peach, fig, minerality. Light on its feet. Very well-made Chardonnay.

Matt Courtney winemaker, somebody I enjoy following. Matt started up Ferren wines a few years back. EDIT- Your worst fears... last glass was better then the first. WAIT until 2020/21.
He also had an 8/10 year apprenticeship with Helen Turley at Marcassin.

14’ Arista UV-EL Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay. Old world!?! Burgundian style!?! Needs another year or more!!
Rich & layered. White flowers, white peach, fig, minerality. Light on its feet. Very well-made Chardonnay.

Matt Courtney winemaker, somebody I enjoy following. Matt started up Ferren wines a few years back. EDIT- Your worst fears... last glass was better then the first. WAIT until 2020/21.
He also had an 8/10 year apprenticeship with Helen Turley at Marcassin.

Apr 22nd, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Big styled chardonnay, but with impeccable balance. The ripe and delicious russian river fruit soars and is framed by incredible creaminess from malo and a hint of vanilla from french oak influence. This wine is a wonderful example of what the very best Russian River chards can be.

Big styled chardonnay, but with impeccable balance. The ripe and delicious russian river fruit soars and is framed by incredible creaminess from malo and a hint of vanilla from french oak influence. This wine is a wonderful example of what the very best Russian River chards can be.

Feb 27th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Was excited to try this and very happy to find that it met expectations. Ulysses Valdez is famous enough for his vineyards and the former Marcassin team makes the wine. So glad this wasn't in an overdone style, instead balanced and restrained but bursting with fruit. Can't wait to try more.

Was excited to try this and very happy to find that it met expectations. Ulysses Valdez is famous enough for his vineyards and the former Marcassin team makes the wine. So glad this wasn't in an overdone style, instead balanced and restrained but bursting with fruit. Can't wait to try more.

Oct 15th, 2017
Michael L S

This is definitely showing oak influence. Butter, rich and round. A bit one dimensional.

This is definitely showing oak influence. Butter, rich and round. A bit one dimensional.

Dec 30th, 2016
Eric LaMasters

Delicious, perfectly balanced Chardonnay. Lemon and pear notes with a hint of vanilla and a creamy texture.

Delicious, perfectly balanced Chardonnay. Lemon and pear notes with a hint of vanilla and a creamy texture.

Feb 10th, 2018
Allan Sapp

Very elegant and subtle. This is what a Chardonnay should be.

Very elegant and subtle. This is what a Chardonnay should be.

Nov 6th, 2017
Jean-Philip Journeault

2014

Nov 26th, 2016