Tucked along Westside Road next to some great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers and vineyards, Arista has really taking their wines to a new level since bringing on winemaker Matt Courtney (of Ferren and Marcassin fame) since their 2013 vintage. Mark and his brother, Ben are taking this incredible property that was started by their parents and bringing it to a level that rivals the best of California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers. I sat with Mark and their assistant winemaker, Gordon Miller, to taste through all their new offerings, including an unmarked bottle of Pinot Noir that proved to be exceptional. Gordon has worked in Sonoma for the past decade at wineries including Peter Michael, Rochioli and Marcassin and has worked alongside Matt since 2008. As always, the 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot noir is a blend of barrels selected from all their Russian River Valley appellation vineyards. Notes of lavender, raspberry reduction, pencil lead, wood smoke, and earth greet the nose. On the palate, the wine is lively with bright acid, wild strawberry, rhubarb, cola, and pomegranate components blending seamlessly.