Jim Arterberry Maresh
Oregon's Best Young Winemaker
"The strength of the vintage happens to be
my style - uber-elegant. The fruit gave me "delicate",
so that's the wine I made." - Jim Maresh
At twenty six years old, Jim Maresh is demonstrating a level of winemaking maturity that is nearly unheard of. He exudes confidence about his wines, and his place among Oregon's producers.
He's had a lot of help, most notably from his "neighbors" -- Pinot noir and Chardonnay vines that were planted before he was born. Jim grew up surrounded by Dundee Hills vines. His grandparents planted Maresh vineyard; his father made one of the highest rated Oregon Pinots in history.
When Jim brought us his first wine, the 2005 Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir, it stunned us. Was it just a fluke, perfect grapes from a lovely vintage? Six wines later, and we know Jim is no fluke.
Pinot noir 07
One of the Ten Best
2007 Oregon Pinots
There's a sexy sweetness that can only be found in the best Pinot noir. It's an indescribable nuance that inspires, that turns wine lovers into Pinot-crazed fanatics.
The aromas are gorgeous and mouthwatering, with red fruit perfume filling your senses. Stunningly pure cherry, deep strawberry, and raspberry creme brulee builds, adding succulent darker berry accents and soft baking spice, showing great depth and concentration. The finish is persistent but delicate.
The wine is made from the oldest vines in the Maresh Vineyard, the 07 "youngest" contributor is 30 years old. Jim left the wine in barrel for 16 months, using no new wood, which gives the wine it's seamless, silky texture.
As Jim says, "I don't want to put make-up on a wine."
"Anybody can buy a brand new French oak barrel, but not everyone can get 30 year-old Dundee Hills fruit. I'm not going to be covering up my old vine Dundee Hills fruit with oak anyone can buy."
The Maresh Vineyard 07 Pinot has a very long life ahead of it. It will easily age for longer than a decade. Incredible with decanting - even better on day two.
Only 115 cases made.
Pinot noir 07
Fantastic value in classic Oregon Pinot noir.
Fresh cherries and pie cherry expand to raspberry and brighter blueberry, with shavings of fresh cinnamon stick. Like the 07 Maresh Vineyard, there's a sweet edge that has nothing to do with sugar, and everything to do with the essence of Pinot noir. Very silky, with a ribbon of dried thyme and Dundee Hills minerality. Beautiful, higher-toned fruit grows in complexity with air, and we recommend decanting or cellaring for 1-2 years.
The Dundee Hills 07 is made primarily from Maresh Vineyard, with with the youngest planted in 1992, and the oldest in 1970. Jim's one barrel of White Rose Vineyard went into the 2007 Dundee Hills.
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Jean, Julianna, and Wendy
201 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis OR 97333
VP Marketing & Sales
Customer Service Manager
& Gourmet Sales
541-424-8004 (direct line)
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