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Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir Juliard Vineyard 2011


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The most impressive 2011 Pinot noir I've tasted so far. Of all the fruit Jim Maresh brought in to the winery in 2011, this was the best. Sheer intensity and electricity, dark and beastly, with low alcohol and vibrant acidity. Violets, ripe berries, and grated nutmeg scents meet lush black and red raspberry flavors, with incredible fruit structure that boosts the whole wine. You'll be tempted to open this now, but it has a long (long) life ahead of it. A May Reserve Pinot Noir Club Selection. - Marcus

Wine Advocate 94 points: Intense and seductively bittersweet floral perfume as well as an unusually firm structure and invigorating sense of grip to Maresh’s 2011 Pinot Noir Juliard Vineyard all point toward his inclusion – for the first time in an Arterberry Maresh wine – of stems. The impetus for this approach – or, really, the thing that broke through a mind-set on Maresh’s part that purity of Dundee Hills fruit demanded de-stemming – was the “amazing” experience of David Lett’s last wine, the 2007 South Block (about which I wrote glowingly in Issue 202), for which Lett elected – despite never having done this, and after already having destemmed the grapes – to toss stems back into the fermenter. “If there’s a vineyard to test out stems on,” says Maresh, “I thought: Juliard – savory, meaty, rugged.” Well, this wine is at least two of those things, yet at the same time preserves the buoyancy, vibrant brightness and outright refreshment potential inherent in 2011. The combination of palpable density with levity, fluidity, and energy is quite remarkable. Juicy fresh cherry and red currant inflected by cinnamon and their piquant pits and crunchy seeds are mingled with salted veal stock and meat juices that serve for saliva-inducement, leading to a subtly chewy and invigoratingly, crunchily incisive finish. As this stands open for an hour it takes on a more polished texture while losing none of its dynamic appeal. Expect excitement through at least 2025. “You know what,” Maresh exclaims, “Juliard might be the best vineyard in the whole ----ing Dundee Hills, and I believe in its full potential.” - David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate

Something special. - Andy

The 2011 Juliard Vineyards Pinot noir shows lushness, all the while remaining bright, lively and spiced. Pure raspberry, hints of rose and red citrus rind open and are followed by cherry pit, nutmeg bramble and pistachio skin. Sweet fruited, the flavors of Juliard also possess a firm edge of earthen weight with notes of anise, red tea and cherry bark. Spicy floral, mocha and earth notes allude to the fine-grained tannin, though brisk acidity keeps the palate sinuous and structure integrated. - Jim

2010 Vintage

We have a one-barrel exclusive for you. It is the first 2010 Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir, from Juliard Vineyard. And it is a story of scarcity. Normal yields for Oregon Pinot noir are around 2 tons per acre. In 2010, Jim Maresh got 0.5 tons from 3 acres of Juliard. Ouch! That's where the pain ends and the gain begins - Jim Maresh offered us the barrel exclusively for our customers. That's only 25 cases total.

2010 Wine Advocate - 93 points - The Arterberry Maresh 2010 Pinot Noir Juliard Vineyard (yes, with just one "l") comes from the property of Julia Staiger and Gerard Koschal that primarily supplies this couple's own Crumbled Rock Winery (reviewed elsewhere in this report), and a site Maresh deems "stereotypically perfect, south-facing" as well as reminiscent in its fruit of Cameron's "Clos Electrique" estate a hundred yards distant. There is indeed some sort of perfection to the purity and near-confectionary sweetness of fresh cherry fruit in this 2010, haloed as it is by high-toned kirsch distillate and almond extract, to which piquancy of pits, hints of tamarind, and smoky richness of hickory nut oil and black tea add resonance and savor. Sleek and vivacious in what appears to be typical Arterberry Maresh fashion, this finishes with next sip-compelling length, promising a gem worth admiring over at least the next decade. - David Schildknecht

The 2010 Juliard is vivid and energetically aromatic, with citrus-accented sweet red fruit picking up rose and mineral notes. Each sip unveils another layer of depth - this young Pinot is still coming to life. A mixture of red cherries and berries has a darker element fanning out towards the finish, adding savory dried herbs.

The 2010 Juliard puts on weight as it breathes and will put on weight in your cellar. The best 2010s are destined for a long life, with serious aging potential. I recommend cellaring it for at least 3 years. 12.8% alcohol. From non-irrigated vines, unfined and unfiltered. Juliard Vineyard is just down the road from Maresh Vineyard, in Oregon's Dundee Hills.

Half of the barrel will go to our Reserve Pinot Noir Club members, making this even more scarce. Please place your orders soon!

About the Juliard VIneyard

The Juliard Vineyard was named by blending the names of owners Julia (Staigers) and Gerard (Koschal) shortly after they purchased an old, 10 acre site with fruit trees, a house, a shed, and 4.5 acres of miscellaneous grapes. They meticulously and arduously selected vines and replanted the entire vineyard. The result is a vineyard held in high esteem by several Oregon winemakers, Jim Maresh included.

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

This one's coming on strong! Much more elegant and, dare I say better than Jim's 2008 Juliard, still showcasing "the darker side" of Arterberry Maresh Pinots. Juliard's signature darker fruit, game and earth meets a riper, silkier Pinot - yeah, it's better than 08. A better part of the vineyard, less new wood, more fruit sweetness, a more balanced overall wine. All Pommard clone Pinot, mostly from 1988 plantings with a few 1976. Only 75 cases made. - Marcus

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

The darker side of Arterberry Maresh Pinot, the Juliard is bursting with dark fruit goodness. The complex nose stirs up anise, smoked meat, black plum and slate. Up to this point, you expect a wallop on the palate but that's not the Arterberry Maresh style. Pure elegance coexists with the dark and savory counterpoint to the Maresh Vineyard. While the tannins are more present, the Juliard has the trademark silkiness of A-M Pinots. I followed this wine in barrel for over a year and can honestly say that the bottled Juliard exceeds my expectations. Only 128 cases made. - Marcus

2008 Vintage Wine Advocate - 93 points - The 2008 Pinot Noir Juliard Vineyard comes from a vintage Maresh describes as "? a superior 1999." This 5 barrel cuvee (with one new cask) is dark ruby-colored with an alluring bouquet of lavender, savory spices, smoke, black cherry, and black raspberry. Dense, structured, and packed on the palate but with only 13.4% alcohol, it is keeping plenty in reserve. It will benefit from 4-6 years of additional cellaring and will offer a drinking window extending through 2023. - Jay Miller

Jim sure picked the right vintage for his first release of a Juliard Vineyard designate. Juliard Vineyard is only a quarter-mile from Maresh Vineyard. Jim uses a chunk of the older Pommard vines along with newer plantings.

The 2008 Juliard was reviewed on Erobertparker.com and Wineberserkers.com. DJ said:"Had the opportunity to taste this wine with the winemaker. Popped and poured."

"For those of you that are fans of the Oregon Dundee Hills and the Maresh bottlings, this will be a departure in style, sort of. Jim Maresh describes this a "masculine" wine and, relative to the other bottlings, he is correct. This wine is bigger and more full bodied than what he has made in the past. It gives you a bunch of dark ripe plum, baking spice, cinnamon, and raspberry aromas. The palate follows with more spice, rich bing and black cherry, good acid, fine tannins, and impeccable balance. He may describe it as masculine, but this wine will not be mistaken for a syrah. It is pure pinot, and pure elegance."

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