It’s here. 2012 Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir.
There’s a great deal of anticipation for the 2012 vintage. Releases like Jim Maresh’s Maresh Vineyard Pinot demonstrate that the excitement is entirely justified. This wine could very well become legendary. It belongs in any serious collection of Oregon Pinot noir.
Arterberry Maresh Pinot noir Maresh Vineyard 2012
$52.15 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($57.95)
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
Another 2012 Pinot showed up yesterday: the value-driven Stafford Hill, from Holloran Winery. As we’ve said befoe, the “rising tide” of a great vintage makes the $20 Pinots especially good.
Stafford Hill Pinot noir 2012
$18.85 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($20.95)
A nose full of spice and succulent black cherries leads into a snappy combo of dark currants and cherries that makes for a palate-exciting yet easy-drinking Pinot.
What’s the connection to Maresh? Holloran’s crown-jewel estate vineyard, Le Pavillon, sits practically next door to Maresh Vineyard, on Worden Hill Road due west of Dundee. They also acquired Ana Vineyard (in the same neighborhood) in 2013. – Marcus
We look forward to helping with an order. Thanks for all of your support!
Marcus & Andy