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Tanzer 94 Points Light, bright, slightly hazy red. Vibrant, high-pitched aromas of red berry preserves, rose oil, Asian spices, orange zest and white pepper. Tangy acidity gives a bracing quality and excellent lift to concentrated, sharply focused raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors. Stains the palate but betrays no excess weight or easy sweetness. Shows an impressive marriage of power and vivacity, with strong finishing punch, silky tannins and penetrating minerality. This wine's clarity and balance are superb. - Josh Raynolds

One barrel. 36 year-old Maresh Vineyard vines. Ungodly good. The first-ever Arterberry Maresh Loie's 2010 Pinot noir. This late release is instantly a candidate for my wine of the vintage. It is the best Pinot noir Jim Maresh has made.

Aromatically sensational, silky elegance epitomized. Fantastic length and depth. This wine is more about presence than individual descriptors but should you want those: strawberry liqueur and raspberry patch, candied ginger, the finish resonates with wild dark berries and vinous complexity - it lasts for minutes. Perfectly balanced - yes, perfectly. You can open it now and enjoy it over 2-3 days (my note is from day 2) and I expect it to last more than a decade in a cool cellar. I won't wait that long. - Marcus

Made in memory of winemaker Jim Maresh's grandmother, Loie Maresh. Made from favorite blocks 3 and 4 of Maresh Vineyard.
Pale red hue. This wine opens with pure and silken aromatics of dark grapefruit, ginger, cranberry and raspberry leaves before moving into strawberry liqueur, wet stone, sweet spice, mocha, juniper bramble and raw honey. Bright acidity and expansive flavors follow the nose, as much airy as it earthen, redolent with old-vine complexity. There is velvet texture with ultra-fine tannins and an impeccable balance, more about finesse and tension than power but shows density and slowly finishes with mouth-coating deep berry and rich floral tones, all the while speaking of the volcanic basalt soil. Very limited, from 1974-planted Pommard and Wadenswil vines on the southern edge of Maresh Vineyard. - the winery

below, view from blocks 3 and 4 on a rainy winter day

Maresh Vineyard

The expressive nose is pure, airy and ultra-refined while exhibiting notes of cherry and red pinot fruit aromas that are enveloped by a wonderful array of floral characters. There is a real sense of underlying tension that imparts energy to the beautifully well-delineated flavors that, in the same fashion as the Gehrts, are light on the palate yet deliver wonderful flavor authority and focus on the refreshing, intense and again beautifully balanced finish. This will best please those who appreciate finesse rather than power pinot but if you enjoy that style, then this is worth making a special effort to find. 92 - Burghound

Below, Loie and Jim Maresh in the Red Barn Tasting Room, 1987

Loie Maresh

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