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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015 Product #32437 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

Jim Maresh’s focus is on single vineyard Pinot Noir, so in most years, he sells off any barrels or lots that don’t make it into the final single vineyard cuvee.  In excellent years, though, that wine is just too good to part with, so he supplements it with fruit from neighbors and bottles this wine:  the Dundee Hills cuvee.  The 2014 was the first release of the Dundee Hills bottling in a few years.  It was a fine, 90-point, gem that Wine Advocate called “probably the bargain of the vintage."  The 2015 is better.

Oregon’s 2015 vintage looked and felt a lot like 2014 – warm weather, big harvest, bold fruit.  The difference is that the 2015s have better structure and style, both of which are on display here.  You’ll find ripe, dark red, fruit on the nose here with accents of blood orange and subtle smoke.  Wonderfully generous and vivid in the mouth, the dark cherry and plum fruit expands and coats your palate before savory notes of licorice and mushroom come in on the back.  The flavors linger nicely over fine, silky smooth, tannins that promise delight with food and 7-10 years improvement in cellar.  Terrific, delicious, stuff.

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Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vyd 2015 Product #32438 (In Stock)
Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vyd 2015 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Maresh Vyd 2015

A great winemaker working with one of Oregon’s best vineyards, not surprisingly, turns out one of the Willamette Valley’s very best wines here year after year.  In the hot, dry, 2015 vintage sites like Maresh Vineyard really shine.  The volcanic Jory soils hold onto water just a bit better than finer sedimentary soils and the ultra old-vines – many dating to the early 1970s – have roots built to dig down and find it.  At 500 to 800 feet altitude and some cooling nighttime breezes, this is always one of the last sites in the Dundee Hills to ripen, giving the intense grapes even more time to develop flavor and character at modest alcohols.

What I love about this wine (pretty much year after year) is the blend of full ripeness and fine precision.  Big aromas of strawberry, super-ripe cherry, spiced plum and Dundee Hills’s classic smoky stone really bust from the glass.  Then, on the palate, a fascinating blend of 2015’s deep richness and Maresh Vineyard’s nervy, zesty, energy and class.  Sweet red fruit, blood orange, truffle, and warm stone flavors open with a point and then fan out to completely coat your mouth with flavor.  The finish is intense and long, with deep fruit, fresh acids, and floral and mineral notes sailing on over ripe, firm, tannins.  Better from 2020 and delicious through 2030 (at least).

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