2015 Arterberry Maresh "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $70)

SKU #1377133 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This wine comes from Pinot Noir vines planted in the early 1970s. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard features warm black cherries and currants on the nose with forest floor, black licorice, cardamom, mushroom and sweet wet leaves nuances. Medium to full-bodied, it's packed full of red and black fruits with layers of sweet spice and savory mushroom, with a great frame of grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing very long with spice-laced sweet fruit notes. The 2016 Pinot Noirs from Arterberry Maresh offer amazing layers of sweet, precise fruits, exotic spices and earth - everything you want from great Pinot Noir. They’re concentrated and jam-packed with flavor while still maintaining excellent grainy tannic structure and very juicy acidity, not to mention they age beautifully. Jim Maresh is also crafting some beautiful Chardonnays, some of the most exciting Chardonnays I have tasted from Oregon. Jim attributes much of his success to his fruit, which comes from old vines planted by his family in the early 1970s and are entirely dry farmed. (EB) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The 2015 rendition of the Maresh Vineyard shows that the lessons learned in the warmth of 2014 were put to good use. A complex bouquet of red and black fruit, lilac, burnt orange and a nicely integrated framing of wood are followed by a deep, concentrated wine with fine, velvety tannins and juicy acidity. Serious juice. (WK) Inner quote mark

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Vivid red. Sexy, high-pitched red berry, incense and candied rose scents are complemented by a smoky mineral aspect and a hint of star anise. Sappy and focused in the mouth, offering energetic raspberry liqueur, bitter cherry, blood orange and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. Conveys a suave blend of power and vivacity and closes on a subtly tannic note, displaying outstanding focus and floral-driven persistence. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Refined and sensuous, with floral cherry and raspberry flavors, accented by black tea and dusky spice notes that build tension and structure on the lingering finish. (TF) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark More purple-hued than their basic Dundee Hills. Black fruit, light tannin, soft and crunchy with touches of bitter herbs on the finish. Much more substance and fruit intensity here, but still within a willowy frame. One senses hidden depths. 17+/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (9/2017)

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2022 | Send Email
This well aged Oregon Pinot Noir is a real treat and is drinking beautifully now. The nose is pronounced with wonderful cherry aromas. In the mouth it is layered and tasty with a dry finish clean finish. It will go very well with food.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2022 | Send Email
STOP what you're doing. Here's a deal you don't want to miss! We just received a parcel of this library vintage 2015 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir direct from Arterberry Maresh, and are offering it at and exceptionally sharp price that's too low to show. Arterberry's namesake, home block bottling comes from old vines planted in 1970. The vines are entirely dry-farmed using organic practices. Second generation winemaker Jim Maresh is making some of the most sought after and highly rated wines in the state and in recent vintages prices have started to climb (the 2019 release is $80). The 2015 is showing beautifully as its inherent old vine structure and concentration starts to relax and let the wine flesh out and show its full spectrum of aromas and flavors. Quite exotic deep red to black fruits, cherry, black raspberry, bramble, wood smoke, star anise, clove, are all underscored with dry leaves, tumbled stone, and dusty earth. The tannis are soft and gently caress the palate; lovely fresh acidity keeps everything in precise focus on the long, layered finish. It's a world-class bottle of Pinot from one of the most pedigreed vineyards in the country and our price point simply belies its exceptional quality. Don't miss it!
Top Value! Drink from 2022 to 2035

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2022 | Send Email
One of the best reference-point Oregon Pinots for me is Arterberry Maresh's "Maresh Vineyard" release, so it is a bit of a shock to see a back-vintage rendition from a great vintage at this kind of pricing. The aromatics bring you back again and again to find a new nuance, with wildflowers, forest floor, blackberry, and currant. The palate is flawlessly textured with more bright, crisp red fruit, black cherry, and a thread of spice that carries the long, mouthwatering finish. There is a terrific amount of depth here, even though it's a relatively elegant and bright style of Pinot. This 2015 is showing youthfully with a pop and pour and will be fascinating to follow for the years to come.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2022 | Send Email
It is a rare treat for us to be able to offer a fine Oregon Pinot Noir with bottle age like this. I was impressed by the ruby color, the black cherry aromas framed by beets and clean earth. The texture that only time can bring is here and the wine is velvety and rich without being heavy in any way. I love the finish- still fresh and very long. This is just waiting for your best duck or salmon dish!

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