The 2019s from Arterberry Maresh are incredible and are hands down some of the best wines Jim Maresh has ever made. This is the last call for the Old Vine Pinot Noir, which sneaks in as one of the best buys of the vintage for the Maresh wines rubbing shoulders with the single-vineyard wines at slightly friendlier pricing.
We tasted this wine in June 2021 at the winery with Jim and his mother in the big red barn above. They are both awesome people, and Jim’s knowledge is incredible, tasting countless European wines that helped inspire the style of wines he likes to make. The quality of wine across the board at Arterberry Maresh is impressive, and I would consider them one of the great producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon. Jim Maresh makes wines the way we like it, traditional method, classically inspired, old-world style wines applied to a new world terroir. The Pinot Noir here comes from Maresh Vineyard planted in 1970 and 1972 and Weber vineyard vines planted in 1983. The old vines here make a huge difference, adding an incredible amount of depth. Notes of blood orange, cassis, crushed violets, and forest floor jump from the glass, and above all else, a very concentrated iron and pitch of minerality reminding us of Richebourg with its excellent richness and power. 2019 was a cooler vintage for Oregon which fits Jim’s wine-making style perfectly.
This is a must-buy rendition of this wine and our favorite vintage to date and is highly recommended for new and old-world Pinot Noir lovers. It also just received a huge score from the Wine Advocate. Because of the score, this wine is now tightly allocated so these will be the only cases we will receive.
Wine Advocate (Erin Brooks) 97+ points! "The 2019 Pinot Noir Old Vines comes from Wadenswil clone vines planted in 1970, and it was matured in barrel for 20 months. Medium garnet, it has a distinct mineral character, with tones of flint and iodine complementing spicy cranberry and blackberry preserves. The palate is silky and layered, with intense, dark red fruit and a very long, flavorful finish. It's got some inherent power that will allow it to develop well in bottle.