I'm not going to lie to you–I'm sitting at my kitchen counter this very minute day-drinking. I can't help it because I have the best Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot noir ever open and it could not be better! Old vine pedigree from one of our favorite producers for <$25, it's an incredible deal...and that's not the wine talking. You will love having this in your glass so, get it!
$24.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($27.95 regular)
The best Dundee Hills bottling Jim has done in years. In fact, he and I were comparing notes and both of us think it's the best Dundee Hills Pinot since 2008. I took a couple more sips and I'm ready to proclaim it as the best Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot of all time! It has the fruit intensity and substance of a warmer vintage plus the purity and elegance of a cooler vintage. In Goldilocks terms, this is just right. I've had it open three days and it is drinking absolutely perfectly right now–I'm not ashamed to say that I'm drinking a glass of it right now as I'm writing this and when I'm done, I'll pour myself another.
It spent a full 18 months in (neutral) barrel because Jim felt like it needed it. Whether or not it did, it's impossible to taste it without noticing the extended aging having worked its magic in the texture, the feel of it.
The 2018 sports serious old vine pedigree: 55% Maresh plus 25% Dux and 20% Anderson Family vineyards.
Don't miss out on the last of Jim Maresh's exceptional 2017 Pinot and Chardonnay!
$62.05 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($68.95 regular)
Everything red that I love, melded together in the most heavenly perfume. It expresses the pure beauty of Pinot noir: 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–the fifth oldest in the Willamette Valley.
95 points Wine Advocate: "I'm really happy with this wine," Jim Maresh says. "It's one of the earliest-drinking vintages of the Maresh vineyard I've ever made. I like it better than the 2016, although the 2016 will age longer without a doubt. The 2017 is a bit more tender and succulent." The 2017 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard is a delicate wine without losing any intensity, scented of fresh tobacco leaves, underbrush, potpourri, peppercorn, citrus peel and saline with a core of cranberries and wild blackberries plus touches of dusty earth and crushed stone. It blossoms unexpectedly in the mouth, medium-bodied, concentrated, spicy and fresh, softly framed with a long, layered finish. A lovely wine."
$39.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($43.95 regular)
A blend of Maresh (~70%) and Weber (~30%) Vineyards, sporting an average vine age of 42 (that's forty two) years, 2017 Old Vines is perfumed and heavenly–it's the kind of wine we love to drink. Exquisitely fresh and silky, we find it totally irresistible. Weighing in at only 12.8% alcohol, it is delightfully buoyant. Classically Dundee Hills, it is pure red-fruited elegance. A slightly cooler vintage meant that Maresh was picked in October and any time that vineyard is picked in October, we start getting excited. Jim is really happy and really proud of this wine. And he damn well should be.
$44.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($49.95 regular)
95+ points Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Chardonnay Dux Vineyard has an open nose of crushed stone, dried hay, tarragon, roasted hazelnuts, citrus blossoms and spring honey with notes of sliced mushrooms and a light framing of spice. Medium-bodied and silky, it gives layer after layer of ripe, spicy fruits refreshed by tangy acidity, finishing very long and minerally with tremendous tension. I can't wait to taste this with a few years of bottle age!"