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Oregon Wine: Maresh Vineyards’ Powell Hill Winery


Maresh family at their Powell Hill WineryWe are honored to share an Oregon wine with you from Maresh Vineyard’s new Powell Hill Winery. Their wines are  made by Jim Arterberry Maresh from his family’s vineyard. Only 50 cases were made. An Avalon Exclusive.

at right, Martha Maresh with son Jim
and husband Steven Mikami

Powell Hill Loie and Lois Pinot noir
Maresh Vineyard 2009

$49.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case
($54.95 retail)
Elegance, refinement, and subtle power – those are the hallmarks of Jim Maresh’s Pinots. Complex and inviting, this is packed with dark cherries, orange oil, brown sugar-dusted strawberries and pinches of baking spice that fan out on the finish. Talk about finish(!), the extra time in barrel adds another dimension of length.

Powell Hill Winery Lois & Loie Pinot noirIt’s a similar wine to Jim’s 2009 Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Pinot (one of the stars of the 2009 vintage), except that it was aged an additional 11 months in neutral barrels. Jim prefers the Powell Hill 09, citing the extra complexity and length. This aged gracefully in neutral oak for 25 months before bottling, then another year in bottle. That patience is rewarded with a wine that sings upon opening and has another 2-4 years of evolution. Only two barrels were produced.

Powell Hill Winery is run by Martha Maresh and her husband, Steven Mikami, with Martha’s son Jim as the winemaker. The wine is a tribute to Martha’s mother, Loie and Steven’s mother, Lois.

Jim Maresh Senior planted one of the first vineyards in the Dundee Hills. Read about his fascinating life: Jim Maresh: Old Roots Run Deep 1/2013  Jim Arterberry Maresh, Jim Senior’s grandson, is profiled here: Jim Arterberry Maresh: Grounded and Driven.

About the Powell Hill Winery

The Maresh family, owners of the Dundee Hills AVA Maresh Vineyard, have founded their own Powell Hill Winery. Steven Mikami and Martha Maresh, daughter of founder Jim Senior, are joined by their winemaker son, Jim. Jim is best known for his own winery, Arterberry Maresh.

Starting with the 2012 vintage, both wineries’ production is located at the Powell Hill Winery facility on the site of the Maresh Vineyard. Powell Hill Road runs through the heart of Oregon’s Dundee Hills AVA along the edge of Maresh Vineyard’s North Blocks.

Maresh Vineyard, the fifth vineyard planted in the Dundee Hills (1970) is a source of grapes for some of Oregon’s highest rated wines. Scott Paul, Winderlea, J. Christopher, and Mad Violets are some of the wineries using Maresh Vineyard fruit. Both Arterberry Maresh and Powell Hill wines are made by Jim Maresh.

Below, Steve Mikami, Martha Maresh, and Jim Maresh Sr.
with a bottle of Powell Hill Pinot noir

Steve, Martha, Jim Sr. at Maresh Vineyard

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