2014 Arterberry Maresh “Maresh Vineyard” Pinot Noir & Chardonnay; From A Historic Vineyard, It Doesn’t Get Any Better!
Retail $60/$75 a bottle / Case Price below.
The Style of the 2014 Arterberry Maresh Vintage
Somewhat like the 2012 vintage, the 2014 Arterberry Maresh vintage features wines that are forward in velvety fruit and drinkable earlier than the 2010s, 2011s and 2013s. Those three vintages are going to make great wines (winery dependent), but they are made for laying away for a few years while they develop and flesh out.
One of the nice things about different vintages is that there is always a wine to drink while you wait on others to mature. I remember in late Autumn of 2014, I visited three wineries, my favorites. While most ’13s and ’14s were still in barrels, the projected outcome was clear as a bell.
The ’13s were very pretty in a feminine way. I do NOT mean light! Actually, I would call them generally Burgundian in style. With the ’14s, it was like day and night. Dark, brooding nose, lush, very dark fruited flavors and smooth as silk with solid mid term potential.
The Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir
In my opinion, this is one of the absolute best vineyards in the state. I’d have trouble picking between the top two… Thomas and Maresh. These are the oldest vines. All I can say is that if you want to collect the best Pinot Noir from Oregon, then this should be on your “automatic” list each and every year. The 2014 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir is simply delicious. A must buy!
The Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay
I am 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 mentioned last year, this wine, along with the Walter Scott Chardonnay, 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.
Getting the Arterberry Maresh Vineyard in the Bottle
As with all great wines, top priority is the vineyard. Jim’s mother and step father are fanatics when it comes to farming. Once in the winery, he is smart enough to stay out of the way and let the wine make itself. After fermentation, the wine goes to neutral 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 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are never filtered. Just the natural wine in its purest form in the bottle.
As I’ve come to know these Arterberry Maresh wines, they remind me more and more of a premier Cru from Chambolle Musigny or Morey St Denis. They have the underbrush, forest floor and floral aromas of those great Pinots. If you’re looking for Burgundian-style Pinot Noir from Oregon, look no further.
The 2014 Arterberry Maresh Wines Offer
Jim received the highest score of any wine in the recent Wine Advocate report on Oregon for his 2014 “Maresh Vineyard” Pinot Noir (95 Points, offered below). Neal Martin had some very nice things to say about this young man, and I concur!
“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 laid back 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. His 2014s hit the high.”
– Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
2014 Arterberry Maresh, Pinot Noir “Maresh Vineyard”/ Dundee Hills
Case: $625 ($52/ bottle) | Six Pack: $325 ($54/ bottle) | Regular Price $60
2014 Arterberry Maresh, Chardonnay “Maresh Vineyard”/ Dundee Hills
Case: $750 ($62.50/ bottle) | Six Pack: $387 ($64.50/ bottle) | Regular Price $75
I can’t recommend these wines highly enough! If you’re an Oregon Pinot Noir lover, you must seriously consider adding these to your collection.