Jim Maresh makes my favorite domestic Pinot Noirs at his winery at the top of the Dundee Hills. And his Dundee Hills bottling is one of Oregon’s greatest values.
These are wines of grace, elegance, and sensuality. And they possess that wonderful quality that makes them super easy to drink yet interesting and complex all at the same time.
I’ve been buying Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noirs since Table Wine opened in 2010. And this is my favorite Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Jim has ever produced. Just 8 cases up for grabs. Come and get it!
2017 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
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Jim Maresh is Oregon’s only third generation winemaker. His grandfather and father preceded him as some of the early pioneers of organic farming and winemaking in the state. Jim grew up in both his family’s and neighbor’s vineyards, and the guy just has the touch. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s working with some of the oldest Pinot Noir plantings in the United States.
Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate said: “During my stay in Oregon I was explaining to a couple of people about winemakers with “the knack.” They just get it. They know how to make great Pinot Noir seemingly effortlessly, and practice small things that make a big difference. And Jim Maresh has the knack, because despite his laidback attitude towards life, I reckon he’s not that way at all when it comes to his wines. You can’t make them this good without caring. What’s more, he told me how he sees no reason to price his wines so highly that people can’t enjoy them, a fiscal approach dichotomous to others, they make the error of setting price first and then making the wine to fit it.”
Lynn and I had the great honor to meet and taste with Jim 7 years back at his family’s old red barn at the top of the Dundee Hills. We hit it off immediately and consumed a “healthy” amount of his wines, but one of my favorite parts of the meeting came when I asked him what his secret to making great wine was. He chuckled and said making great Pinot Noir isn’t that hard. Farm cleanly and take care of your vineyards and you’ll get healthy fruit. And healthy fruit will give you delicious wine as long as you don’t mess with it too much. The winemaker is the attentive, but not the overly intrusive parent. Jim Maresh lives by this philosophy and it seems to be working quite well for him.
The 2017 Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is made with a blend of grapes from six of the top Dundee Hills Vineyards, including some of that majestic, old vine, Maresh Vineyard fruit. The wine pours a lovely translucent-ruby color and opens up with heavenly aromas of red berries, rose petal, and complex spices. With air, even more complex stuff pops out — rhubarb, cinnamon, incense, and forest floor come to mind. And the palate, though energetic and lively, is also silky with fine tanning and integrated acidity.
I can’t think of a better red wine to serve with salmon, roast chicken, or earthy vegetarian dishes. But trust me, no food is required to enjoy this one.
To make sure you snag some of this one, stop by the store or use the contact form below to place your order. To receive sale pricing, orders must be paid for by August 31st. If you can’t make it by, just call us at 828.505.8588, and we can run your card over the phone.
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