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Arista Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Russian River Pinot Noir is crafted as a pure expression of each growing season. This appellation cuvee is made with a modest amount of new oak to allow the character of the vintage to take center stage. On the nose, copious amounts of juicy blue and red fruits testify to the warm, dry growing season. The palate boasts an exquisite purity of fruit centered on crushed cherries and fresh raspberries.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Soft, seductive and focused, this best of the best from the appellation is lengthy and complex, with tension on the palate. Dark cherry, wild cinnamon, crushed rock and black tea mingle effortlessly around a rich, dense roundness that never loses its balance or sense of delicious purpose.
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
Leading off the Pinot Noir releases, the 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a class act. Spiced cherries, dried herbs, and earthy notes all give way to a medium-bodied, perfectly balanced effort with ripe, present tannin, and a great finish. I'd happily drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years and wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep longer.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley springs from the glass with notes of Black Forest cake, warm black raspberries and red plums plus hints of lilacs, Sichuan pepper and aniseed. Medium to full-bodied, it gives tons of vivacious red and black fruit flavors with lovely spicy accents and a soft texture, finishing on a lingering peppery note.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Light toasty oak casts a mix of caramel and cedar notes, joining a mix of elegant cherry, berry, graphite and spice flavors, ending with fine-grained tannins. Best from 2020 through 2027.
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Arista Winery was founded by Al and Janis McWilliams in 2002 with a mission to craft artisanal, site-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. From the beginning, the McWilliams have firmly believed that the finest examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced in small lots. This belief has led to an emphasis on quality over quantity and a determination to discover and develop unique vineyard sites that reflect the distinct characteristics of the Russian River Valley. We are committed to sustainable farming practices. We work closely with local growers who share our dedication to sustainability in their vineyards. We do not attempt to manipulate our vineyard sites but instead strive to preserve each vineyard's natural qualities.
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Russian River Valley Wine

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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