2019 Arista Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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REVIEWS

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.

WINE DETAILS

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 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a California white wine produced by Arista Winery in the Russian River Valley sub-appellation of Sonoma. This vintage Chardonnay, with an alcohol content of 13.8%, was sealed with a cork closure. The wine has garnered notable reviews from multiple professional reviewers, highlighting its complexity and quality.

Wine Spectator describes the 2019 Arista Chardonnay as "appealingly rich, with buttery nuances to the apricot, lemon curd and toasted sesame flavors, showing restraint and freshness on the sleek frame." The publication gave it a solid score of 91, recommending it for immediate consumption. The review also noted that 1,700 cases were made.

Vinous, through Antonio Galloni, also awarded the wine a score of 91. Galloni's review portrays the Chardonnay as "a very pretty and complex appellation-level wine." He elaborates on the flavor profile, highlighting notes of "apricot, chamomile, dried flowers, mint, hazelnut and honey." He adds that while the wine may appear mid-weight, it "packs a pretty good punch."

The most laudatory review comes from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, where Erin Brooks awarded the wine an excellent score of 95. Brooks emphasizes that Arista's Russian River Chardonnay is crafted from their single-vineyard wines rather than purchased or declassified fruit. The review notes the incorporation of "around 18% to 20% new oak maturation," which contributes to its distinctive flavor. Brooks describes the wine as "scented of quince and peach with touches of toast, matchstick and crushed almonds." The medium-bodied palate is characterized as "satiny and expansive with concentrated, toasty fruit, refreshing acidity and a long, flavorful finish." Brooks concludes by calling it "wonderfully inviting to drink and impressive quality for a 'basic' appellation cuvée."

In summary, the 2019 Arista Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a well-regarded wine praised for its rich flavors and complexity. The consistent scores from reputable reviewers underscore its quality and craftsmanship, making it a worthy choice for Chardonnay enthusiasts.