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2017 Arista Russian River Valley Chardonnay

 

$29.99

Winery notes:

“The 2017 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a blend of our four Russian River Valley Chardonnay vineyards: El Diablo Vineyard on Eastside Road, Banfield Vineyard on Martinelli Road, Ritchie Vineyard on Eastside Road, and the estate Chardonnay vineyard on our Westside Road property. The wine is made with a modest amount of new oak (~20%) to allow the terroir to take center stage. These appellation wines always offer great insight into the region as a whole for a given vintage. In 2017, notes of asian pear, tangerine zest, lemongrass, wet stones, yellow flowers, and burnt sugar are prominent on the nose. On the palate, the wine has a lemon inflected savoriness paired with mouth watering acidity giving it exceptional balance. Peak drinking window: 2020 though 2027.”

Critical acclaim:

“96 points.

“The appellation 2017 Chardonnay Russian River Valley spent 12 months in just 20% new French oak. This medium gold-hued Chardonnay offers a beautiful nose of orchard fruits, honeyed citrus, green almonds, toasted bread, and flower oil. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent on the palate, it has subtle background oak, rocking levels of fruit and texture, good acidity, and a great finish. What a gorgeous wine this is.” – Jeb Dunnuck

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