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First-Ever 95 Point Arterberry Maresh


122683_11ChardMaresh_FBCongrats to one of our favorite wineries! Arterberry Maresh just cleaned up in the annual Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Oregon report. Two 95 point wines – something no other Oregon winery achieved – plus a 94. We’re not jumping on the bandwagon; we’ve been driving it since Jim Maresh’s first releases of 2005 Pinot and Chardonnay. In fact, we featured the 2011 Maresh and Juliard Vineyard Pinots in our wine clubs and offerings. Our original notes are on the website – we highly recommend both and believe them to be among the handful of Oregon’s best Pinots.

Arterberry Maresh
Pinot noir Maresh Vineyard 2011
$52.15 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($57.95)
95 points Wine Advocate:
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..Ginseng tea and bittersweetly perfumed iris waft across generously juicy cherry and red currant, while mineral salts, meat broth, mushroom stock…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 can’t imagine it proving less than amazing through at least 2027. – David Schildknecht

Arterberry Maresh
Pinot noir Juliard Vineyard 2011
$52.15 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($57.95)
94 points Wine Advocate:
Intense and seductively bittersweet floral perfume as well as an unusually firm structure and invigorating sense of grip to Maresh’s 2011 Pinot Noir Juliard Vineyard all point toward his inclusion – for the first time in an Arterberry Maresh wine – of stems. The combination of palpable density with levity, fluidity, and energy is quite remarkable. Juicy fresh cherry and red currant inflected by cinnamon and their piquant pits and crunchy seeds are mingled with salted veal stock and meat juices that serve for saliva-inducement, leading to a subtly chewy and invigoratingly, crunchily incisive finish. As this stands open for an hour it takes on a more polished texture while losing none of its dynamic appeal. Expect excitement through at least 2025. “You know what,” Maresh exclaims, “Juliard might be the best vineyard in the whole —-ing Dundee Hills, and I believe in its full potential.” – David Schildknecht

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