Honoring the Vast Diversity of Oregon Winegrowing ($15) Friday May 22nd 2015 4 pm – 7:30 pm

May is Oregon wine month so I decided to honor the amazing strides our great state has taken in a very short time. We often feature Oregon Pinot Noir and I wanted this tasting to be different. Many people think we’re about Pinot and nothing else. No doubt, our Pinots are world famous and that’s whats made our reputation. But if you look at a map of Oregon you’ll notice we’re a state of many different climates and landscapes. The Willamette Valley is the perfect place to grow Pinot because of its cool climate as Pinot doesn’t take to heat. But heat loving grapes like Syrah, Cab and Tempranillo thrive in the warmer areas like Southern Oregon. So we have a tasting of different styles of different grapes from different areas showing the “vast diversity of our great state!” I think this is an ideal flight to honor “Oregon Wine Month.”

Sandy

The Lineup

2014 Hamacher, Rosé of Pinot Noir $18
Willamette Valley

2013 Brandborg Winery, White Pinot Noir $22
Umpqua Valley- Southern Oregon

2013 Ken Wright Cellars, Pinot Blanc $23
Freedom Hill/ Meredith Mitchell Vineyards

2011 Abacela Vineyards, Tempranillo “Estate” $34
Umpqua Valley- Southern Oregon

2012 Shea Wine Cellars, Pinot Noir “Estate” $40
Yamhill- Carlton

Premium Pour ($5)
2011 Cowhorn Vineyard & Gardens, Syrah 42 “Estate” $45
Applegate Valley- Southern Oregon

And, don’t forget that next week, Friday May 29th, we’ll be featuring the Killer B’s: Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Refreshing, Delicious, Delectable Dry Rosé ($15) Friday, May 15th, 2015 4 pm – 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines

It really pleases me that we, the wine drinkers of America, were able to get over the notion that the benchmark for all rosé was White Zinfandel. It was a battle and I personally fought it long and hard. 19 years ago in our first year I’ll bet we didn’t even carry one dry rosé. Believe it or not we did carry White Zin. I mean, you have to give the customer what they want and back then there were quite a few fans.Slowly rosé came into fashion and I can proudly say we have a boatload of tasty, dry Rosé from all over the world.

I just love this flight we’ve lined up for you this week. My favorite style is the pale, refreshing ones from Provence and we have a couple of unique ones. Clos Cibonne was responsable for saving the Tibouren variety from extinction. It’s made under a veil of flor aged in 500 year old large vats. Palette is the tiniest appellation in Provence and when you can find one you are drinking the definition of Provence Rosé.

The Frizzante (slightly sparkling), thirst quenching Ca’ Montebello is simply a surprising delight! I’d never had the Pique Poul Noir from Foncalieu before yesterday. Let’s just say it knocked out one of my favorites from the lineup. Value? You’ve got it in spades in the Jumilla from Spain. AND, the Canorgue is a top three of mine each and every year. The only problem is trying to get some.

So there you have it. I can’t wait!
Sandy

The Lineup

2014 Castillo De Jumilla, Rosado De Monastrell $10
Jumilla- Spain 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre)

2014 Foncalieu, Pique Poul Rosé $16
Southwest France 100% Pique Poul Noir

2014 Ca” Montebello, Rosato Frizzante $16
Oltrepo Pavese, Italy 100% Pinot Nero

2014 Chateau La Canorgue, Rosé de Luberon $20
Rhone- Luberon, France Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

2014 Chateau Henri Bonnaud, Palette Rosé $27
Palette- Provence, France Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre

Premium Pour ($3)
2013 Clos Cibonne, Tibouren Rosé “Cuvee Speciale Des Vignettes” Provence- France 100% Tibouren $32

And, don’t forget that next week Friday May 22nd, in honor of Oregon Wine Month, we’ll feauture wines from all over Oregon.

Friday Wine Tastings in May Come join us Friday from 4 pm – 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines!

Friday, May 1st: Another Trip Down Italy’s Less Traveled Wine Roads ($15)

Always a fun and educational tasting, come learn about Italy’s less known wines like Aglianco from Campania and Lagrien from Alto Adige. It’s not all about Tuscany & the Piemonte, you know.

Friday, May 8th: French Reds. It’s a Tough Job but Somebody’s Got to Do It ($15)

Yep, that’s my job for this one. Scouring the French countryside lookin’ for something tasty. I don’t think that will be very hard. Let’s see; Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley, the Jura & Savoie and on and on and on and on. Can’t help but be one great tasting!

Friday, May 15th: Dry Rosé; Bring on Summer! ($15)

Time to check out the new batch of delightful dry rosé. I think French is hard to beat and we’ll take a look at the Loire Valley, Provence and more. Other potentials include Italy, Oregon and you never know what else.

Friday, May 22nd: May is Oregon Wine Month and We’re Joining the Party ($15)

We’ll participate in Oregon Wine Month by pouring wines from all over our great state. Umpqua Valley, Columbia Gorge and, of course, the Willamette Valley will all be featured. Come help us celebrate and enjoy the fine wines we can call our own.

Friday, May 29th: The Return of the Killer B’s; Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera ($15)

We begin the month with the lesser known wines of Italy and end with some of the finest and most famous red wines in the world. The great Baroli and Barbareschi made from the Nebbiolo grape produce some of the longest lived wines. In my opinion, a 20 year old, perfectly stored wine like these makes for some of the most exciting drinking possible.I can’t say it enough, buy some, lay them down in a cool spot in your home or rent space at a wine storage facility and you will have fine wine drinking at its best. Just be patient!

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.