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Arista Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2018

95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Arista Winery has easily been one of the hottest American wineries in the last half decade and it’s no surprise why. With access to some of the state’s most elite vineyard sites up and down the coast, an estate right next to the legendary Sonoma winery, William Selyem and a scorching hot winemaker, Arista has established itself as a force to be reckoned with. 

Winemaker, Matt Courtney had the incredible fortune of being the apprentice under the super famous, Helen Turley for eight years on her cult project, Marcassin. It’s there he learned how to make Burgundian varietals from one of the best– helping serve their allocation list and their 5000+ person waitlist! 

Since Courtney joined Arista in 2013, the winery has seen 25 of their wines scored 93 points or higher by Wine Spectator.  Even more impressive, they have had 15 wines scored at 93+ points or higher by Wine Adovocate in the 2015 and 2016 vintages alone!!! 

But the 2018 vintage appears to be taking things somehow to even higher heights with their highest scoring Pinot Noir to date– and I’m lucky enough to bring it to you today. Snag a few bottles while they’re in. Here’s what Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate had to say:

“Medium ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley bursts with pure cranberries, black cherries, charcuterie, loamy earth and blood orange aromas. Medium-bodied, it has pleasing graininess and bursts of freshness to support the full, ripe fruits and flavorful finish. This cuvée offers classic Russian River fruit in a very classy frame.”

Original price was: $145.00.Current price is: $75.00.

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95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Medium ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley bursts with pure cranberries, black cherries, charcuterie, loamy earth and blood orange aromas. Medium-bodied, it has pleasing graininess and bursts of freshness to support the full, ripe fruits and flavorful finish. This cuvée offers classic Russian River fruit in a very classy frame.

95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The former assistant winemaker and apprentice for Helen Turley at Marcassin, Matt Courtney left to start something special at Arista in 2013 and is well on his way. The winery has expanded, their waitlist for bottle allocations now stands at 20+ months (!) and every critic in America raves about these wines. This appellation Pinot Noir is a particular treat in 2018, a benchmark in silky smooth, layered and concentrated Pinot Noir that has both grip and grace.

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