2019 Arista Winery Banfield Vineyard Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JD 94 WA 94 WS 93 VN 92
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, August 2022

The 2019 Chardonnay Banfield Vineyard is pretty, with concentrated aromatics of lime, pear, and wet stone. The palate has more tension and fresh acidity, with a touch of astringency. There is more citrus toned on the...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2023

The 2019 Chardonnay Banfield Vineyard opens slowly on the nose to aromas of apricot, citrus blossom, meringue and cashews with touches of Meyer lemon. The light-bodied palate is seamless and flinty, with a tightly wound...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, July 2022

Aromatic up front, with spicy, nutmeg-laced aromas and fresh notes of Honeycrisp apple, Bosc pear and salted buttery pastry on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 448 cases made.
VN 92

Vinous, January 2022

The 2019 Chardonnay Banfield Vineyard is bright and beautifully lifted. The Banfield Vineyard is laced with pear, lime and white flowers. Airy and perfumed showing notable energy, the 2019 is exquisitely done. It's a...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Sonoma
Sub-appellation Russian River Valley
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.8%
Closure Cork

The 2019 Arista Winery Banfield Vineyard Chardonnay is a captivating white wine that exemplifies the remarkable quality of California's North Coast region. With its enticing golden hue and elegant label, this wine is sure to impress both connoisseurs and newcomers to the world of Chardonnay.

On the nose, the Banfield Vineyard Chardonnay reveals concentrated aromatics of lime, pear, and wet stone. These aromas create a harmonious bouquet that invites you to explore further. As you take your first sip, you'll be greeted by a palate that exudes tension and fresh acidity, accompanied by a touch of astringency. The citrus tones take center stage, with notes of lemon zest and saline minerality that add complexity and depth to the wine.

The 2019 vintage of this Chardonnay is bright and beautifully lifted, showcasing the craftsmanship of Arista Winery. It is a style that works exceptionally well in the Banfield Vineyard, a renowned site in the Russian River Valley sub-appellation of Sonoma. The vineyard's unique terroir imbues the grapes with a distinct character that is expertly captured in this bottle.

According to esteemed wine critic Jeb Dunnuck, this Chardonnay deserves a remarkable score of 94. He recommends enjoying it over the next 10 to 15 years, allowing its flavors to evolve and mature with time. Wine Spectator also praises this vintage, awarding it an impressive score of 93. They describe the wine as aromatic, with spicy, nutmeg-laced aromas and a finish that brings to mind Honeycrisp apple, Bosc pear, and salted buttery pastry.

With only 448 cases produced, this limited-edition wine is a true gem for Chardonnay enthusiasts. Its seamless and flinty palate, as noted by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, showcases a tightly wound core of candied citrus and an appealing textural presence that lingers on the palate. Erin Brooks recommends giving this wine 2 to 3 years in the bottle to unwind and fully reveal its potential.

In conclusion, the 2019 Arista Winery Banfield Vineyard Chardonnay is a white wine that effortlessly combines elegance, complexity, and exceptional craftsmanship. Whether enjoyed now or aged for a few years, this Chardonnay promises to be a memorable addition to any wine lover's collection.