Well this was unexpected: a small library release from Arterberry Maresh, the 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot noir. Perfectly cellared for you, $24.95 a bottle. Back when it was reviewed, Wine Advocate declared it "probably the bargain of the vintage." We opened a bottle yesterday and it's shining right now, showing the fruit purity Arterberry Maresh is famous for with the just-right amount of age. Grab it while you can!
$24.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($27.75 regular)
Our original notes: Wines like this don't often get made, especially in tremendous vintages like 2014. It's so tempting to keep all the juice in the higher-priced single vineyard bottlings, but Jim Maresh's Dundee Hills is the ultimate gateway wine. Experience the Arterberry Maresh style for a bargain. It over delivers on fruit and complexity.
History in a bottle, as two of the vineyards were purchased and have since been renamed: Juliard (now Furioso) and Gehrts (now Decouverte, part of Resonance).
90 points Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills is a blend of Maresh, Juliard, Weber, Gehrts and Folie Hill vineyards. It has a fresh and vibrant bouquet with red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, touches of blood orange with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin--a mixture here of red and black fruit, meaty in style with a Pommard-like finish that lingers in the mouth. For $25, it's probably the bargain of the vintage."
And if you haven't loaded up on Jim Maresh's flagship Pinot, you better!
$62.05 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($68.95 regular)
The best smelling Pinot noir from the 2017 vintage and when you consider that 80% of what we taste comes from smell, I believe you're seeing the picture. It's everything red that I love, melded together in the most heavenly perfume. It expresses the pure beauty of Pinot noir like few other Willamette Valley wine: old vines, picked at the perfect time, treated the right way, unobscured by new oak, wonderfully balanced in its unstoppable fruit and elegant, buoyant freshness. As Jim Maresh has said many times, this exquisite, old vine fruit needs no makeup. It glows like a red sun over the Dundee Hills. From Jim's most prized blocks of Maresh Vineyard, planted in 1972 and 1983. As crazy as it may sound, given which other Oregon wines occupy the space of $60, this wine is a bargain.
Jim's notes: 2017 is often described as a change of pace and a classic Oregon vintage. A change from '14, '15 and '16 where we saw nothing but sunny blue skies until it was time to pick. A cool spring pushed older vineyards into a moderate amount of October hang time. A lot of clouds, some sun, some cold rain, picking windows opened and closed. The complexities of Oregon's weather in October adds complexity to the wines. They are the reddest color of any vintage produced not just to the eye but in flavor profile. We extracted very gently during fermentations. The 2017 Maresh Pinot noir is incredibly complex and proportioned exactly where we like without ever adjusting a barrel with water or acid. Aged for 20 months in older barrels adds to the length and seamless texture. The fruit is succulent and the structure is tender from ripening slowly under cloudy skies. The '17 is as undeniably great as the '16 and will drink a little earlier.