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Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir Maresh Vineyard 2014
Since I sat down with Jim Maresh Friday afternoon, I've been thinking about all the facets that make the 2014 Maresh Vineyard Pinot so exceptional, things ranging from mundane to esoteric. I've decided there's really just one factor that counts: this, this is Oregon Pinot noir.
The elegance of old vines, the purity of fruit unobstructed by make-up or technique. This is why Oregon Pinot continues to inspire me.
Soaring, mesmerizing aromas that transport you to the sun-baked Red Hills of Dundee. The Holy Grail of grace and generosity, where you can have succulent fruit, floating on silk, intertwined with vibrant freshness. True harmony exists through a melding of fruit, spice, floral tones, and that ethereal, indescribable sweetness of Pinot noir that is a hallmark of Arterberry Maresh wines.
Very few Oregon Pinot noirs can boast the vine age of Maresh Vineyard; it is the fifth oldest vineyard in the Willamette Valley and in the hands of Jim Maresh, it is the real deal.
Since it was bottled recently, I recommend holding 4-6 months before trying your first bottle; it will drink beautifully between then and 2026.
2013 vintage notes:
Jim Maresh was incredibly picky with his 2013 single vineyard Pinot noirs. He selected just seven (7!) barrels, all from Maresh Vineyard, for a single vineyard Pinot and declassified the rest.
2012 vintage notes: Imagine a mythical melding of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Maresh Vineyard and you begin to understand the multifaceted amazing-ness of the 2012. The fruit structure and intensity of 2008, the forwardness of the 2009, and the balanced elegance of the 2010. Sappy, vinous, floral and perfumed fruit aromas are gorgeous. Sweet and electrifying black cherry plunges deeper to a dark berry base note. The wine stays ultra vibrant and fresh thanks to a subtle citrus accent and a sprinkling of fresh thyme that marries with the fruit. From some of the Willamette Valley's oldest vines, planted in 1970, '74, and '83. Commanding and compelling today but considerably better on day two, I anticipate it will be ideal beginning in 2018, if you have the patience.
Undoubtedly one of Oregon's top producers and top vineyards. - Marcus
2011 vintage notes: The downright suave and sexy aromas are a shade darker than the typical Maresh vineyard profile, while remaining true Maresh: crushed cherries, brown sugar, orange essence, and incense. The 2011 adds pinches of raspberry and dark strawberry to the Maresh cherry core. The finish is bright, sweet, and long, with a mineral ribbon pulsing throughout. I recommend holding this for 3-6 years to glimpse its full potential. - Marcus
Wine Advocate 95 points: "The Arterberry Maresh 2011 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard pours forth an ethereally high-toned combination of red berry distillates, fresh berry scents, and nut extracts such as I associate with Pinots from this site and some of its Worden Hill Road neighbors, and found also in the extraordinary 2005 that Mareshís father Jim Arterberry crafted from these vines, which I tasted nearly alongside. (See my note in this report). Ginseng tea and bittersweetly perfumed iris waft across generously juicy cherry and red currant, while mineral salts, meat broth, mushroom stock and crustacean shell reduction all open the doors to umami and liberate the salivary glands in an incandescent and ravishingly rejuvenating finish. Also reminiscent in this 2011 of a perfectly resolved, mature wine is the silken-smooth palate texture, along with an almost airy sense of levity and elegance, yet all the while allied though to penetrating fruit and mineral intensity. I canít imagine it proving less than amazing through at least 2027." - David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate
Alternatingly suave, bright and then earthen and regal, the 2011 Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir is opens with tart cherry and ripe raspberry tones and is both floral and earthen, with bramble, sweet ginger and sandalwood notes. Deepness and a purity of fruit pervade and this wine is as much airy and sweet as it is mineral, savory, long and deep. Vivid acidity and silken structure support the flavors of black strawberry, bing cherry pits, red tea while the finish is spice, pure and long. - Jim
2010 Wine Advocate - 94 points
Arterberry Maresh's 2010 estate vineyard Pinot noir has bright, high-toned red fruit aromas and overall character with an underlying sexiness. Citrus notes marry with Jim's typical Maresh sweetness, almost like a pinch of brown sugar. Beautiful silky precision, packed full of complexity that will show itself with more time in the bottle. The 2010 Maresh has that special earth nuance that is just like walking through the Maresh Vineyard. - Marcus
The Maresh Vineyard offering is his top wine each year and often one of our favorites of the vintage. This was again the case in 2010, a vintage that served up impeccably ripe fruit with balanced acidities. However, grape yields were half what they were in recent vintages, so supplies are naturally very low. The wine offers an otherworldly amount of detail and elegance to itís high-toned red fruit, as well as a beguiling array of earth and spice notes. Its serious structure ensures a good 10-15 years of improvement ahead. - Avalon Wine
below, Maresh Vineyard
The 2010 is Jim's first Pinot that contains fruit from every block of the Maresh Vineyard, making it a true representation of his family's vineyard. The Flagship. 12.6% alcohol.
The tiny 2010 vintage effected Arterberry Maresh's estate vineyard. Jim Maresh made a very small amount of his flagship Pinot noir.
2010 Wine Advocate - 94 points - ...satiny, sleek, ravishingly long Pinot that kept revealing new nuances and deeper, multi-faceted sweetness as it took on air. I suspect this will have a 12-15 year run and become a yet more profoundly satisfying along the course."