2019 Arista Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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WA 95 VN 91 WS 91
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2023

Arista's Russian River Chardonnay is blended from their portfolio of single-vineyard wines, rather than from purchased or declassified fruit. The 2019 Chardonnay Russian River Valley incorporates around 18% to 20% new oak...
VN 91

Vinous, January 2022

The 2019 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is a very pretty and complex appellation-level wine. Apricot, chamomile, dried flowers, mint, hazelnut and honey are nicely pushed forward. This deceptively mid-weight Chardonnay...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, July 2022

Appealingly rich, with buttery nuances to the apricot, lemon curd and toasted sesame flavors, showing restraint and freshness on the sleek frame. Drink now. 1,700 cases made.


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

Introducing the exquisite 2019 Arista Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay, a true gem from the beautiful Sonoma region of California. This white wine, with its enticing golden hues, is a testament to the artistry and dedication of the esteemed Arista Winery.

Delving into the glass, one is immediately captivated by the aromatic symphony that unfolds. Aromas of ripe apricot, zesty lemon curd, and delicate toasted sesame dance gracefully, enticing the senses with their alluring richness. As the wine breathes, buttery nuances emerge, adding depth and complexity to the bouquet.

On the palate, the 2019 Arista Chardonnay displays a remarkable balance between restraint and freshness. The flavors of apricot, lemon curd, and toasted sesame continue their delightful performance, showcasing the wine's opulence. Yet, there is an undeniable elegance and finesse that shines through, revealing the winemaker's skillful touch.

This Chardonnay, with an alcohol percentage of 13.8%, is a testament to the natural beauty of the Russian River Valley. The cool climate and unique terroir lend themselves to the production of exceptional white wines, and Arista Winery has certainly harnessed this potential to create a truly remarkable expression.

Renowned wine publications have recognized the excellence of this wine. Wine Spectator awards it a stellar score of 91, describing it as "appealingly rich" and praising its "restraint and freshness." Vinous, another respected voice in the wine world, also awards it 91 points, highlighting its complexity and the array of flavors it offers.

The esteemed Robert Parker's Wine Advocate goes even further, bestowing an impressive score of 95 upon this Russian River Valley Chardonnay. They commend Arista Winery for blending this wine from their own portfolio of single-vineyard wines, resulting in a cuvée of remarkable quality. The palate is described as "satiny and expansive," with concentrated, toasty fruit and refreshing acidity.

In conclusion, the 2019 Arista Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a masterpiece that showcases the beauty and elegance of Sonoma's Russian River Valley. With its harmonious blend of rich flavors, freshness, and impeccable craftsmanship, it is a white wine that will leave a lasting impression on any connoisseur's palate.