The new vintage of Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir is here, and it’s from the very highly touted 2018 vintage. In case you forgot, Jim Maresh makes my favorite domestic Pinot Noirs at his family’s winery at the top of the Dundee Hills. I bought every bottle of the 2018 my distributor had for WNC. And based on the past success and high demand of this one, I suspect it will sell out quickly.
Jim’s wines are some of the most graceful, elegant, and sensual produced anywhere in the US. And his Dundee Hills bottling possesses that wonderful quality that makes it both super easy to drink yet interesting and complex at the same time.
2018 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills | On Sale Through Saturday, August 15th
“Ripe and ethereal, chuggable and complex, complete and balanced.” – JS – 93 points
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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 several 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 2018 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 tannins 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.
As most of you know, we’re doing curbside pickup only — no in-store shopping options. To place your order, use the contact form below or call us at 828.505.8588. We will need to process your payment over the phone before you pickup. Thanks and cheers to happy drinking and eating in Asheville!
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