We are stoked for Jim and were as surprised as he was by the review -- surprised only because Jim does not submit his wines to Wine Spectator. As we wrote when Wine Advocate lavished 96 points on the Old Vines, in the humblest way possible...we were right, and we know what we're talking about. We told you six months ago that Jim Arterberry Maresh's 2016 wines were his best in years and highly recommend the Old Vines '16.
Now that Spectator has weighed in, we fully expect the last few cases of Old Vines to sell out by the end of today. Whether you're adding this to your collection for the first time or reloading before it's gone, act quickly!
95 points Wine Spectator Insider, Hot Wine, 12/12/18:"Impressive for the impeccable elegance and balance, and buoyed by a complex core, this offers vibrant rose petal and raspberry aromas and flavors of cherry, stony mineral and savory dried herb that unfurl toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026."
96 points Wine Advocate:"The 2016 Pinot Noir Old Vines has a lovely pure nose of pink peppercorn, dried black tea leaves, red and black licorice and violets with dried cranberries, red cherries and layers and layers of spice. Medium to full-bodied, it has amazing concentration of flavor in the mouth, blossoming out to pure red fruits and spicy layers, with cinnamon and autumn leaves accents, very fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity, finishing very, very long with tons of earth-laced fruit. Wow!"
Our review frommonthsago:"The first ever bottling of Arterberry Maresh "Old Vines" is positively gorgeous! Breathtaking balance and purity, unlike anything we've seen from Jim Maresh since his epic 2010s. A blend of Maresh and Weber Vineyards, sporting an average vine age of -- let this sink in -- 42 years. Unrivaled in its pedigree, this is everything we've ever loved about Arterberry Maresh Pinot noirs, and that is a lot, rolled into one. It is perfect Pinot noir.
Perfumed and succulent, voluminous yet ethereal, it's the kind of wine I love to drink and love to share. Exquisitely fresh and silky, with a pulsing persistence, I find it totally irresistible. Weighing in at only 12.8% alcohol, it is delightfully refreshing. YES!" - Marcus
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