The Ever Changing Oregon Pinot Noir Scene. The New, The Old & The Re-Invented. All Featured In This Killer Flight ($15)
Friday, July 14th, 2017 4 pm – 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines
For the last few years I’ve been hearing noise about all of the new wineries coming online in the Willamette and many from The French, Californians & Italians. As I look over the Pinots we’re pouring, four are from new wineries, yet all from local talent. The four wineries are basically brand new, one is 5 years-ish and the sixth has been around since the 70s. Let’s take a look at each one;
The Old…ish Two Wineries
Arterberry Maresh – The Arterberry and Maresh names have been associated with quality wines since the beginning of Oregon wine history. Current proprietor is Jim Maresh. His father, Fred Arterberry, was one of the original nice guys and one of the first “quality minded” wineries in Oregon. His grandfather began planting grapes in the Dundee Hills in the 70s at the suggestion of Dick Erath. Now, the fruit from this beautiful, old vineyard is some of the most sought-after in the Willamette. Jimmy has taken the estate wines (Arterberry Maresh) to the very highest level.
Bow & Arrow – Began by Scott Frank after a stint as assistant winemaker at Cameron. He has really been making some fantastic wines! Both reds and whites are superb.
The New but Somehow Old New Wineries
Guillén Family Wines – Great story! Jesus Guillén has been the lead winemaker at White Rose Vineyard for some time and has now started, with his whole family, Guillén Family Wines. All I can say is…Watch out for this family!
Burner Wines – Burner Wines is an exciting new endeavor by winemaker Lisa Burner and her husband Mike under the mantra “Be Authentic, Be Creative, Be Courageous.” Originally from Wisconsin, the Burners moved to Oregon in 1991 and settled in the Chehalem Valley outside of Newberg in 1999 where they continue to live with their son Sam. Fishery scientists by trade, the Burners became inspired by the beautiful settings and high quality wines of the region and, in 2011, Lisa completed the Chemeketa Wine Studies Program and was awarded the Winemaking Associate of Applied Science Degree.
Gersing Cellars – Jason Gersing is a great guy. Has to be… he’s from Miami! His love has always been jazz and wine and after traveling abroad with his wife he decided to start his own winery. Working out of the southeast wine collective, Jason got some great schooling from his time at Argyle. Every wine, white or red, has impressed me.
Sequitur Wines – It may sound unfamiliar but you surely know who’s behind it. Why, it’s Mike Etzel (Sr.) from Beaux Freres. Mike and his wife Carey bought the property in 2010, just over the ridge from the Upper Terrace Vineyard of Beaux Freres. With Beaux Freres having been sold, though Mike is still involved, this is his passion now, his beautiful “home” vineyard!
Well, I hope you all gained some knowledge from the above info. Actually, first, I have to hope that you read it!!!!!
The Lineup: Friday, July 14, 2017
15 Arterberry Maresh, Dundee Hills Cuvée $25
15 Guillén Family Winery, “Esteban” $25
15 Bow & Arrow, “Vitae Springs Vineyard” $35
15 Gersing Cellars, “Mahonia Hill Vineyard” $35
15 Burner, “Russell-Grooters Vineyard” $35
Premium Pour ($10)
15 Sequitur, Ribbon Ridge $99