2012 Arterberry Maresh "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Heady perfume of ripe red and dark berries, Asian spices and potpourri, plus a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, seamless and concentrated, offering alluringly sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors sharpened by a peppery spice note. This extremely suave, sharply focused Pinot finishes with smooth tannins and outstanding clarity and length. One of the clear stars of this wonderful vintage. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1978, therefore some of the oldest in the Willamette Valley (65% and 35% Pommard and Wadenswil clone respectively). Jim Maresh described it as the "prettiest Pinot I work with." Matured for 22 months in used barrel, the bouquet is very well defined and intense with darker fruit than the Juliard: blackberry, fig, smoke and Provençal herbs, especially wild fennel. The palate is sweet, pure and intense on the entry with animated red and black fruit interlaced with rosemary and sage notes. I love the focus here, the personality encased in this Pinot Noir. This is pulled out from the top drawer, a superb Pinot that should age without too much trouble over the next decade, though it will need a year or two in bottle just to shave off those rough edges. (NM)
The Maresh vineyard is a coveted source for several other wineries, from Rex Hill to Teutonic. This wine has a solid track record of 91-95 points for the past six vintages in Wine Advocate. The winery's note: "The Maresh family farms Pommard and Wädenswil Pinot Noir from 1970, 1974 plantings and own-rooted Chardonnay from 1974 and 1983 plantings. Ranging from 500’ to 800’ elevation, these high elevation vines experience a long hang-time and are the last to ripen. The vineyard is managed by Jim Maresh Sr., Martha Maresh and Steve Mikami. Maresh Vineyard is Jim’s reference point for Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. It is the most complex and layered Pinot Noir. It tends towards pure flavors of concentrated red berries, black tea, sandalwood, floral tones, stony spice, and berry bramble. The silken tannins and long, intricate mouth feel speak to the truly elegant profile of this wine, which always benefits from ample air upon opening."