Arterberry Maresh - Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2022
The thing I love most about the Oregon wine scene is that the Willamette Valley is still a farming community at heart and not a mega huge wine theme park like some other regions have become. The apple orchards, hazelnuts, cherries and cattle farms still far outnumber the vineyards… For now, at least! Sometimes we forget that wine comes from a real, actual crop in grapes and grapes grow on vines and vines need to be tended to by people who know the ground those vines are growing in like the back of their hands… In this case, Arterberry Maresh was a farm before it was a vineyard and Jim Maresh was a farmer before he was a winemaker. His non-irrigated vineyards are about as organic and sustainable as it gets and his son-in-law, Fred Arterberry is now making some of the most sought-after wines in the region. In my opinion, the humble farmers make the absolute best wines!
A hearty portion of this wine comes from Maresh Vineyard on the family property that is the 5th oldest vineyard in Oregon, planted in 1969! The balance coming from some other small family farms in the Dundee Hills. It showcases everything that is great about Pinot… That ethereal blend of cherries, berries, baking spices and earthy forest floor that everyone is trying to find in their Pinots.
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