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Arterberry Maresh

Arterberry Maresh

Arterberry Maresh is the winery of third generation grape grower and winemaker Jim Maresh. His family owns one of the first and best vineyards planted in the Dundee Hills, an area of the North Willamette Valley known as the "Gold Coast" of Oregon wine.

We're pretty big on first impressions. Thinking back to Arterberry Maresh's Jim Maresh's first visit to Avalon, he came in carrying his lone wine - his 2005 Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir, which made our heads spin exorcist-style. Then his second visit soon after, with a bottle of wine that was nothing short of a total epiphany - his first Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay (also 2005).

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Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot noir 2012

Previous vintage tasting notes: Fragrant red fruit and earth burst from the glass of the 2011 Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hil...


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$22.45

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Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir Juliard Vineyard 2012

Stunning aromas - more aromatic than nearly all of the 2012s released so far. Engaging notes of wild strawberry, dried ora...


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$52.16

$57.95 Regular

Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir Maresh Vineyard 2012

Imagine a mythical melding of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Maresh Vineyard and you begin to understand the multifaceted amazin...


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$52.16

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Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

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...


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$64.75

$71.95 Regular

Arterberry Maresh Weber Vineyard Pinot noir 2010

Tanzer 93 Points Light, bright red. High-pitched, mineral- and floral-accented red fruits on the nose, w...


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$52.16

$57.95 Regular

Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2011

An absolute knockout value, with incredible pedigree, hailing primarily from the Maresh Vineyard, with an addition from We...


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$21.55

$23.95 Regular

Arterberry Maresh Vineyard Loie's Pinot noir 2010

Tanzer 94 Points Light, bright, slightly hazy red. Vibrant, high-pitched aromas of red berry preserves, ...


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$67.45

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Arterberry Maresh Winderlea Vyd Pinot noir 2011

The 2011 Winderlea Vineyard Pinot Noir presents plush, dense and sweet red and purple fruit. Aromatics speak of dark cherr...


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$49.95

Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir Gehrts Vineyard 2010

Only 60 cases produced.

I haven't used the term "Burgundian" in an Oregon Pinot tasting note in years, but I'm ready ...


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$44.95

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More About Arterberry Maresh

Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir from Jim Maresh, located in Oregon wine country in the Dundee Hills

We are pretty big on first impressions. Thinking back to Arterberry Maresh's Jim Maresh's first visit to Avalon, he came in carrying his lone wine - Dundee Hills Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir 2005, which made our heads spin exorcist-style. Then his second visit soon after, with a bottle of wine that was nothing short of a total epiphany - his first Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay (also 2005).

Back then, Jim had two Arterberry Maresh wines. It was easy, right?

Now it's 2014. Jim's made some of the top Oregon wines several vintages running. He has racked up big Wine Advocate scores for nearly every wine he has made. Regardless of what you think of wine scores, that is a huge achievement.

The Story of Arterberry Maresh

The year 1959 is not one often associated with the Oregon wine industry, but it's the year that Jim and Loie Maresh purchased their 27 acre hilltop orchard smack in the center of Dundee's Red Hills -- now called the "Cote d'Or" of Oregon Pinot noir. Gradually expanding to 124 acres of possibly the most "prime" vineyard real estate in Oregon, Maresh Vineyard is the fifth oldest in Oregon, with plantings from 1970 on.

Jim and Loie's daughter, Martha Maresh, married Fred Arterberry in the early 1980's. Fred made wine for the family (at the Eyrie Vineyards' winery) under the "Arterberry Cellars" label. Fred's 1985 Arterberry Reserve Pinot noir received 95 points from Wine Spectator, an unheard of score for the time. (Only eleven Oregon wines in total have received a 95 from Wine Spectator).

In 1990, with Fred's passing, the Arterberry Cellars label disappeared. Rex Hill, Penner-Ash, Archery Summit, Daedalus, Sineann, Et Fille and Scott Paul wineries purchased the fruit, with some wines made under the Red Barn label for sale at the Maresh family tasting room.

Jim Arterberry-Maresh, Martha and Fred's son, grew up with the vines, hearing about his father's wines and learning the vineyard business. In 2007 he revived the Arterberry label, incorporating his last name "Arterberry Maresh." Jim's wines show that Fred's skills have been passed down. The third generation of Maresh Vineyard and Arterberry Maresh Cellars is off and running!

Read more archived stories:

Catch of the Day: Arterberry Maresh 2007

Arterberry Maresh 2009 World Releases

Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir 2008 - The Real Deal

Jim Arterberry Maresh - Oregon's Best Young Winemaker

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