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Wine Guide > Arista Winery > Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Arista Winery
Pinot Noir

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 compared 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.

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