2011 Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Oregon Chardonnay

SKU #1144722 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Maresh’s spontaneously barrel-fermented 2011 Chardonnay Dundee Hills represents a blend from lots off old Maresh vines and Weber Vineyard, bottled only at 20 months, and then un-fined and unfiltered. Fresh lime, lemon and apple are wreathed in bittersweet iris-like perfume and laced with piquant rind, pit and pip. Suggestions of brioche as well as butter cream prompted by (passive) lees-enrichment lend richness to a performance that simultaneously remains bright and incisive all the way through a long and refreshing finish. Given the showing of Maresh’s 2009 Maresh Vineyard bottling tasted alongside, I’m confident that this cuvee will perform beautifully through at least 2016, though beyond that I’d need more experience with older bottles to prognosticate. There were just eight barrels (two new, incidentally) of this “entry level” blend, and considering that its price demands my almost regretfully dubbing it a ludicrously good value , anybody Maresh sells it to is going to either already be, or want subsequently to be, his friend!  (10/ 2013)

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/25/2013  | Send Email
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Wow! This wine just floored me. Unbelievable brightness and focus. Lovely snappy citric acidity with flinty undertones. Rivaling anything I have ever tasted from Chablis in any price point. Very admirable restraint and tension on the palate. Long and lingering, just keeps you coming back for another sip. One of the wines of the year for me.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2020

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.3