95 points Wine Advocate, the top scoring Oregon wine: "The 2014 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir has a beautiful bouquet with wonderful precision. The vine age does show through here (44-years-old now) with crisp detailed red berry fruit that just exudes Pinoté. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very well-judged acidity, touches of truffle and undergrowth tincturing the red berry fruit that fans out wonderfully towards the long and satisfying finish. This is a great Pinot Noir from an estate that seems to have thrived in 2014."
Wow. Our fortune-telling skills were spot on. We learned that the highest scoring wine of the 556 in Wine Advocate's Oregon report, published June 30, is the wine we recommended June 29: Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir 2014. 95 points!
We have no crystal ball -- just good taste.
Since I sat down with Jim Maresh Friday afternoon, I've been thinking about all the facets that make the 2014 Maresh Vineyard Pinot so exceptional, things ranging from mundane to esoteric. I've decided there's really just one factor that counts: this, this is Oregon Pinot noir.
The elegance of old vines, the purity of fruit unobstructed by make-up or technique. This is why Oregon Pinot continues to inspire me.
Soaring, mesmerizing aromas that transport you to the sun-baked Red Hills of Dundee. The Holy Grail of grace and generosity, where you can have succulent fruit, floating on silk, intertwined with vibrant freshness. True harmony exists through a melding of fruit, spice, floral tones, and that ethereal, indescribable sweetness of Pinot noir that is a hallmark of Arterberry Maresh wines.
Very few Oregon Pinot noirs can boast the vine age of Maresh Vineyard; it is the fifth oldest vineyard in the Willamette Valley and in the hands of Jim Maresh, it is the real deal.
Since it was bottled recently, I recommend holding 4-6 months before trying your first bottle; it will drink beautifully between then and 2026. - Marcus
2013 vintage notes
Jim Maresh was incredibly picky with his 2013 single vineyard Pinot noirs. He selected just seven (7!) barrels, all from Maresh Vineyard, for a single vineyard Pinot and declassified the rest.
2012 vintage notes
Imagine a mythical melding of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Maresh Vineyard and you begin to understand the multifaceted amazing-ness of the 2012. The fruit structure and intensity of 2008, the forwardness of the 2009, and the balanced elegance of the 2010. Sappy, vinous, floral and perfumed fruit aromas are gorgeous. Sweet and electrifying black cherry plunges deeper to a dark berry base note. The wine stays ultra vibrant and fresh thanks to a subtle citrus accent and a sprinkling of fresh thyme that marries with the fruit. From some of the Willamette Valley's oldest vines, planted in 1970, '74, and '83. Commanding and compelling today but considerably better on day two, I anticipate it will be ideal beginning in 2018, if you have the patience.
Undoubtedly one of Oregon's top producers and top vineyards. - Marcus