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Arista Winery
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Hand-crafted wines from the Russian River Valley, reflecting in every bottle the vineyard, vintage and an unsurpassed love of wine and winemaking.

The Arista Winery was founded by the McWilliams family in 2002 with a mission to create the most elegant expression of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. We work closely with growers who farm small vineyards in the region, and we are developing our own estate vineyard on the winery's benchland property along Westside Road, southwest of Healdsburg, California.
Healdsburg, CA
Phone: (707) 473-0606
Website: http://www.aristawinery.com
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Tasting Room: Daily 11am – 5pm
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2004 Zinfandel
Russian River Valley

Classic, cool climate Zinandel from the Russian River Valley. Jammy notes of blackberry and blueberry wrapped around subtle hints of vanilla that jump out of the glass, almost rem ... moreiniscent of blackberry cobbler or cherry pie. On the palate dark, ripe briary / brambly fruit is framed by the solid acidity that comes from the cool Russian River Valley evenings. This wine goes great with a summer Barbeque and close friends.
Pinot Noir
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2006 Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley

A new wine in our line up, the Sonoma County Pinot Noir is a gentle, fruit driven wine that is focused on it's ability to pair with food. The nose is greeted with fresh, red fruit ... more like strawberry, raspberry and dried cranberry. Similarly on the palate, generous amounts of cherry and strawberry are evident. Ninety percent of the blend was aged in twice or three times used barrels in an effort to minimize the oak influence and to maintain the gentle characteristics of Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir
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2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley

The 2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir highlights the great growing conditions we had during late September into early October. Across the board, yields were slightly higher com ... morepared to 2005 which allowed us to be more aggressive with our pruning which ensured proper vine balance. Due to a slightly warmer year, flavors were able to more fully develop. Cool nights were consistent which naturally balanced out the sunny days, giving us the ability to ripen the fruit but maintain structure and backbone. The blend is comprised of 4 vineyards: Martinelli, Bachigalupi, Toboni, and Mononi. The wine shows remarkable richness and density. Layers of dark berries and ripe, red fruit like cranberry and raspberry lead on the nose. Similar fruit flavors greet the palate and are joined with gentle, baking spices like clove or cinnamon. Soft tannins accentuate the natural acidity of the wine, creating an elegant mouth feel. This wine will be very accessible in its youth but should continue to develop gracefully over the next 5-6 years.
Pinot Noir
CAW Rating: 95
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2006 Longbow Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley

This blend is our winemaker's selection of select vineyard blocks and specifically chosen coopers. From year to year the individual lots that make up this wine might change but th ... moree style remains the same: rich and lifted aromatics, dense and focused flavors and broad, velvety textures. Aromatically, the wine begins with clear, concentrated notes of ripe cherry and dark berries. On the nose, the fruit elements combine with hints of smoke and sandalwood. The palate opens with ripe cherry and plum. Similar to the nose there is a suggestion of blood orange in the background. Immediately, the texture of the wine is evident. Broad, velvety layers coat the palate and intensify the finish. This wine will age gracefully over the next 5-7 years. If you'd like to enjoy this wine sooner, decant for 45 minutes before serving.
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2007 Gewurztraminer
Russian River Valley

From the glass, the nose is greeted with an amazing array of tropical fruits like mango and papaya. Also on the nose, white flower blossoms like jasmine, honeysuckle or gardenia. ... more The combination of tropical fruit and floral seem to indicate a slightly sweet wine but with the first sip it is clear that the wine bone dry. Mango, papaya and crisp pear greet the palate. The fruit is set atop a creamy texture which comes from the fermentation and partial aging in old, French oak barrels. Combined with the fruit are distinct spice elements like clove or pumpkin pie, a trademark of this varietal. One of the ultimate food wines, Gewurztraminer will pair with a range of food from light, Asian cuisine to traditional Thanksgiving day foods like turkey and stuffing.

Updated on March 18, 2008

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Arista Winery at http://www.aristawinery.com or calling (707) 473-0606 to verify the winery's location.

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