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Oregon Pinot noir: Arterberry Maresh New Pinots


It’s the connections we make with each that matter most in life. And in my world, that connection is so often forged over good wine. I was reminded of that Friday when I got out from behind my desk, drove to wine country, and met up with fellow wine lovers at Arterberry Maresh.

Few things make me happier than connecting the right wine to the right people. I’ve had a ton of help from Jim Maresh, who’s made some of Oregon’s best wines over the last seven vintages. He’s at it again, with the new release of Maresh and Juliard Vineyard 2011 Pinots.

I wish we could sit down, share a meal and these two Pinots. I highly recommend both – you’ll look forward to the connections you’ll forge when you open a bottle a few years from now.

Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir labelArterberry Maresh
Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir 2011
$51.95 (regular $58)

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.

Arterberry Maresh Juliard Vineyard 2011
$51.95 (regular $58)

The most impressive 2011 Pinot noir I’ve tasted so far. Of all the fruit Jim Maresh brought in to the winery in 2011, this was the best. Sheer intensity and electricity, dark and beastly, with low alcohol and vibrant acidity. Violets, ripe berries, and grated nutmeg scents meet lush black and red raspberry flavors, with incredible fruit structure that boosts the whole wine. You’ll be tempted to open this now, but it has a long (long) life ahead of it. A May Reserve Pinot Noir Club Selection.

Please inquire about further discounts for case purchases – they are not advertised and are only being offered discreetly.

Below, Maresh Vineyard on a foggy winter morning

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