13 Arterberry Maresh Offerings Pinot Noir “Maresh Vineyard” 6 Barrels Produced Chardonnay “ Maresh Vineyard” 2 Barrels Produced Pinot Noir “Dundee Hills” More Than 6 Barrels Produced

Old Vines (above); Minimalist Winemaking

A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to have been invited to stay at the vineyard house on the Maresh Estate. And what an estate it is! The vine pictured above was just outside our door. The vineyard was planted by Jim’s grandfather back in the early 70’s at the urging of Dick Erath. They have over 100 acres, which Jim’s mom & step father manage. The grapes from the estate are highly sought after and are sold to a few lucky wineries who do single vineyard bottlings. The oldest and best vines/ grapes are saved for Jim and his Arterberry Maresh wines.As with all of the great wines of the world, top priority is the vineyard. Once the grapes are in the winery he is smart enough to stay out of the way and let the wine make itself. After fermentation it goes to nuetral barrels (no wood imparted) and sits, undisturbed, for 16-18 months. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. The lees in the barrel are a big part of the vineyard (terroir) and the wine needs to feed off these lees for an extended period. Many wineries clean it up, filter it, and bottle within a few months of the vintage. Terroir stripped! The Arterberry Chards and Pinots are never filtered. Just the natural wine in its purest form in the bottle.

The Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

In my opinion this is one of the absolute best vineyards in the state. I’d have trouble picking between the top three……Thomas, Maresh and Cameron’s Clos Electrique. These are the oldest vines of the three. All I can say is that if you want to collect the best Pinot Noir’s from Oregon, this should be on your “automatic” list each and every year. In 2013 Jim was so selective that he only made about 150 cases of single vineyard Pinot Noir…total. No Juliard or Weber this year. Those went into the Dundee Hills bottling listed below. Jim is very selective about what goes into his best bottlings. 2013 was a cool year where the grapes struggled to ripen. But with old vines and low yields the grapes in 2013 had long hang time and ripened very slowly. These are the vintages that turn out the most complex and interesting Pinots but you have to sort and sort more to eliminate the unripe grapes. That’s why there is so little wine this year. But oh man the wine is fantastic!

And speaking of very little wine. There are only 46 cases of the single vineyard Chardonnay in 2013. There is a great story Jim’s mom told me about these beautiful, old knarly vines as we stood at 700 feet next to these elderly ladies. About 20 years ago the market for Chard was small and everyone wanted Pinot from Oregon. So they tried to graft over the Chardonnay to Pinot Noir and the graph didn’t take on any of the vines. They took this as a sign and man are they glad they did! I’m a huge White Burgundy fan! I collect and drink a lot of it and, in my opinion, when it’s on, there are few wines in the world that can rival it……..red or white. To buy a great premier cru from, say, Roulot (Meursault) or Domaine Leflaive (Puligny Montrachet) would run $175- $275………….. and they are not easy to source. As I have mentioned before this Chard reminds me of these great wines.

I’ve said it before. This wine, in my opinion, will change the world view of Oregon Chardonnay. Of course we should be able to grow great Chardonnay. We grow some of the best Pinot in the world and so it stands to reason that Chardonnay would follow as they both make some of the best wines in the world in Burgundy. It’s a long story as to why Chard has lagged behind Pinot. I’ve tried to explain it below.

The “Maresh” Chardonnay comes from the Wente Clone planted in 1974/ 1983. Back in the mid nineties most Oregon growers went on a tear of ripping out the Wente Clone from California, feeling that our cool climate had trouble ripening it, and put in Dijon Clones. BIG MISTAKE! The reason they couldn’t get it ripe was that they were overcropping. In order to ripen it needs to be pruned to low yields. When ripe there is no comparison. This has set the growth potential of Oregon Chard back at least a decade and probably a lot more.

Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

This has to be one of the great buys every vintage. This year the pedigree is better than ever. I mentioned before that JIm is extremely picky. Every year he sells barrels of wine that don’t make the cut to other wineries with less exacting standards.. He would rather sell less wine and protect the reputation of his label. This year he declassified all of the Juliard and Weber wines and blended them into this wine. That means it’s better than ever. And you know what else? With all of the expensive grapes in the blend he didn’t raise the price. Actually, all of the wines in this offering are exactly the same price as last year.

What a pleasure to offer these hand crafted, artisanal Pinots from the Dundee Hills of Oregon. We get the lions share of these wines and for that I’m grateful.

If you’d like to aquire some of these treasures please respond to this e-mail.

The Offer

2013 Arterberry Maresh, Pinot Noir “Maresh Vineyard”/ Dundee Hills

Case: $575 ($47.90/ bottle) SixPack: $300 ($50/ bottle)

2013 Arterberry Maresh, Chardonnay “Maresh Vineyard”/ Dundee Hills

Case: $765 ($63.75/ bottle) SixPack: $400 ($67/ bottle)

2013 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir “Dundee Hills”

Case: $228 ($19/ bottle) Six Pack: $126 ($21/ bottle)

2013 Arterberry Maresh Mixed Case or Six Pack

4 bottles of Each Wine Listed Above or 2b of Each (six pack)

Case: $550 Six Pack: $300

I can’t recommend these wines highly enough! If you’re an Oregon Pinot lover you must seriously consider adding these to your collection.

Friday Tastings in April, 2015 Come join us Friday from 4 pm – 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines!

Friday, April 3rd: Spanish Reds From Six Different Regions ($15)

We’re traveling thru the Spanish countryside tasting as we go. Beautiful Mencia from Bierzo, traditional Tempranillo from Rioja and Ribera Del Duero, Old vine Garnacha from Campo De Borja and Priorat and one of the great values in the world of wine, Monastrell from Jumilla. If you like Spain and their wines you need to come on down!

Friday, April 10th: The Rhone Valley; Some of my Favorite Wines and It Seems Yours as Well ($15)

There’s probably no other tasting we do that is such a pleasure to put together. I always have 3 or 4 new wines that I’m excited to show you. Right now we just got in the new vintage of Ferme Saint Martin from Beaumes De Venise, a biodynamic tiny estate that is a real personal favorite! All three of their cuves are in and don’t last long. Pick some up and lay them down and you’ll be rewarded. All cuves are under $30! Chateauneuf, Gigondas…….need I say more?

Friday, April 17th: White Burgundy! You Can’t Get Me Any More Excited ($15)

We’ll begin our white tastings this year with Burgundy. Whether it’s Puligny Montrachet, Macon, Pouilly Fuisse or Chablis these wine are, in my opinion, as good as white wine gets. I’m always looking for that chiselled rock minerality. To me the smell is like standing near a stream in the heat of midsummer and smelling the stones baking. Yum! The flavors are hard to describe but a good White Burg has perfect balance between lemony stoniness and a richness on the palate lifted with vibrant acidity. None of these characteristics stick out and the impression is just one of overall seamlessness.

Friday, April 24th: Oregon Pinot Noir & a Red Burgundy Premium Pour ($15)

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on recent releases from our various AVA’s. I find it amazing how many new wineries are sprouting up. It seems that every week I get a call from numerous new labels wanting space on my shelves. The competition is brutal out there! Anyway, after tasting for the next few weeks we’ll select what we feel are the absolute best and it will be enjoyable to have a Burgundy to compare to our own.

A Bit of a Different Take on Our Friday Tastings in March

I’ll be back to my usual high jinks in April but I thought it would be fun to invite two of my favorite wine reps from a couple of the best importers in Oregon to put on display for you some of their favorite wines. We’ll have a couple of our best angels to assist these fine folks so come on in and say hello and have a great flight of fine wines from Galaxy and Casa Bruno. It will be our usual format; a flight of five wines at different price points plus a sixth premium pour all served at the same time for your comparative contemplation.

Friday, March 6th/ The Globe Trotting Chuck Whitman From Galaxy Will be Here to Delight You With a Stellar Lineup of Rhone Valley Reds. Make Sure to Ask Chuck How He’s Able to Vacation in Far off Places Half the Year and Keep Such a Great Job at the Same Time. Like I Always Tell Him, “When I Grow Up……” ($15)

Friday, March 27th: With One of the Strongest Books of Oregon Wines, Casa Bruno’s Heather Lack Will Dazzle with Her Own Personal Lineup of a Diverse Selection from Our Own Back Yard. ($15)

CHANGE IN SCHEDULE; SHOP NOW TO RE-OPEN FEB. 4th

Many of you who know me are aware that, unfortunately, I’m going in for another round of spinal fusion surgery. Because of the scheduling date we will have to remain closed until Wednesday, February 4th. While I’m out Kathleen will be running the shop and have total and complete access to me. The Friday tasting schedule will be altered and we’ll just have to play that one by ear. For now if you could please let Kathleen know she’s loved, make her feel comfortable and keep her very, very busy.

Our offerings will go off as usual so you can all be looking forward to;

2014 Ken Wright Single Vineyard Pinot Noir offering
We have another fantastic vintage in 2014 very similar in style to 2012. Good
qantity of darkly colored, full, velvety Pinots
2012 Domaine Du Banneret, Chateauneuf Du Pape
Spectacular Chateauneuf made in minute quantities. Among the great values
in the world of fine wine, period!
2013 McKinlay, Pinot Noir “Mt Tabor Fine Wines Selection”
The selection was strict and severe. This is the best of the best!

Sandy

NEW WINTER HOURS/ Wednesday- Friday 11- 6:30/ Saturday 11-6

Oregon’s Best Pinots of the Year ($18) Friday, December 12, 2014 4 pm – 7:30 pm

I really get excited this time of year not only because the holidays are upon us but, as a perfect compliment to the season, we have our two strongest tastings of the year. I’ve also noticed that it’s a time and place for our friends to gather and share some time and amazing wines together before the end of the year.

These next two tastings are absolute must attends.This week the theme is not just, in my opinion, the best Pinots to have been released in the past year but also taking into account the different price points. I’ve selected two in the lowish range, two in the middish range and the final two in the upper endish range. The selection also has to do with how these six wines were received by you. Many of you from here and around the country have remarked that you think the 2012 Arterberry Maresh “Dundee Hills” is the single best Pinot in that lowish price range that you can remember. Stephen Goff hit it out of the park in 2012 with his two single vineyard Pinots, the Weber and the Shea. They were the absolute hits of our recent anniversary party! The Brick House was a wine we poured at a Friday tasting a few months back and was loved by all. The biodynamically farmed Brick House Vineyard is simply one of the most beautiful spots in the entire Willamette Valley. Cameron? Even though John Paul made 50% of his normal quantity in 2012 I squirreled away a few cases specifically for this tasting. The only wine missing is the Thomas and there is just too much demand and not enough supply to squirrel anything anywhere. Oh, and I just saw the latest Wine Spectator. It’s the year end issue where Matt Kramer selects his favorite two or three wines of the year. The Lumiére from J. Christopher was one of those. High praise indeed. The stars are aligned for one very amazing tasting this Friday!
Sandy

The Lineup

2012 Arterberry Maresh, Dundee Hills Cuvee $24
Dundee Hills

2012 J.K. Carriere, Provocateur $24
Newberg

2012 J. Christopher, “Lumiére” Eola-Amity Hills $39
Chehalem Mountains

2012 Stephen Goff, Weber Vineyard $40
Dundee Hills

2012 Brick House, Cuvée du Tonnelier $45
Ribbon Ridge

Premium Pour ($6)
2012 Cameron Winery, Abbey Ridge Vineyard $65
Dundee Hills