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Before I even tasted this wine, Jim told me it was the best wine he's ever made - that's red and white. When I hear such statements I take them with a grain of salt until I taste for myself. With three separate tastings down, I may not be ready to crown this the best wine he's ever made, but it's the best Chardonnay for sure, and damn close.

The most complete Arterberry Maresh Chard yet. Precision and mouthwatering freshness meets expansive richness. Lemon custard, jasmine, a hint of golden raspberry, finishing with a touch of macadamia nut butter and sweet pear through the long finish. 75 cases made. - Marcus

Previous vintage notes: For all the praise that's been (rightly) heaped on Jim Maresh's Pinots, he's a Chardonnay fanatic and his Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay is the flagship wine in his line-up.

Flint, ginger, lemon custard with touches of key lime, a texture that begins subtly, building richness the longer it's open. Ultimately a wine for your cellar, this has tons of coiled energy and brightness that unfolds in layers as you spend time with the bottle. A stellar American Chardonnay, and highly recommended. - Marcus

Maresh Vineyard, one of the oldest in Oregon, contains a few rows of old vine Chardonnay fruit. The dozen or so barrels of wine made from it by Jim Maresh in most vintages are some of the top Oregon Chardonnays we've tasted in the last decade. Jim's favorite wine is his Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay - if you don't know his Chard, you don't know Jim.

This is a "full circle" wine; Jim's mom, Martha, was pregnant with him in 1983 when she planted the Chardonnay vines that would turn out to be her son's favorite.

below, Jim in the vineyard the year after it was planted, 1984

Jim Maresh, 1984

2009 Vintage

One of a kind. Smelling it is like sticking your head into a bowl of sun-ripened pears, then starting to mix in Meyer lemons, a couple slices of fresh-cut pineapple, and a mixed handful of stones and seashells. A phenomenal texture - more like a red wine than a white - is supported by a wallop of acidity. Jim doesn't filter or fine his Chardonnays, a rarity among Oregon white wines. Left alone for 14 months in 25% new oak, which melds nicely and will continue to integrate with years in the cellar. At 12.8% alcohol, you should expect this to age for over a decade. From the high-elevation, top of the hill, non-irrigated 108 clone Chardonnay vines. - Marcus

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

The beautiful liquid gold gushes: Meyer lemon, pear, honey, jasmine, wet stone, toast, and a little bramley apple on the finish. Extravagant texture and huge, sweet fruit is balanced by amazing acid - this Chard finishes clean and fresh. This is an absolute show-stopper.

Jim's Chardonnay spent 15 months in a new Dargaud & Jaegle light toast barrel, with no fining or filtering before bottling. 26 year-old vine Chardonnay from the top of the hill in the Maresh Vineyard. - Marcus

2005 Vintage Tasting Notes

Maresh Vineyard, one of the oldest in Oregon, contains a few rows of old vine Chardonnay fruit. Easily one of the top Oregon Chardonnays we've tasted in a decade, this sophisticated white offers up green apple and sweet lime custard, with vibrant, focused acidity and hints of stony minerality. With almost two years of barrel aging, all in neutral oak, the wine has a round, unctuous mouthfeel, which is certain to intensify with age. A fantastic Chard for cellaring, or with food. Highly recommended -50 cases made.

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