The 2021s from Arterberry are outstanding, and one of the favorites here is the Old Vines Pinot Noir which sees one of its greatest heights this vintage. We have tasted with Jim and his mother many times in the big red barn above (shown above). They are both awesome people, and Jim's knowledge is incredible, tasting countless European wines that helped inspire the style he likes to make. The quality of wine across the board at Arterberry Maresh is impressive, and they are definitely one of the great producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon.
Jim Maresh makes wines the way we like them, 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. 2021 has a bit more concentration to it but is still so elegant and was a vintage that fluctuated between cold and heat, giving the fruit excellent complexity.
This is a must-try rendition of this wine, and while 2019 was excellent, this takes a slight edge and is also a few dollars cheaper. One of our favorite vintage to date from Arterberry Maresh, and this is highly recommended for new and old-world Pinot Noir lovers. A big note below from Wine Advocate, because of the score and past scores, the wines are more allocated, so these could be the only cases we are able to get this vintage, don't miss it!
Wine Advocate (Erin Brooks) 98 pts! "The 2021 Pinot Noir Old Vines comes from the Maresh Vineyard, from vines that were planted in 1970, and has a singular expression with detailed, spicy accents reminiscent of bitters or amaro. "You only get those high-toned essences if you pick al dente," winemaker Jim Maresh explains. "It's easy to volatilize all that away." The Old Vines has a medium ruby color and arresting aromas of orange bitters, mossy bark and tobacco leaves complementing a deep core of pomegranate, rhubarb and cranberry. The light-bodied palate offers remarkably pure, detailed flavors. It has velvety tannins, seamless freshness and a very long"