Thank you K & L for the review of our Chardonnay!
Here’s what they said:
Arterberry Maresh’s vineyards are located fairly high up in the Dundee Hills, at about as high as vines are planted in this AVA, around 800 feet above sea level. After selling their fruit for some years (they still sell grapes to a few folks, Teutonic for example), you get the sense that young winemaker Jim Maresh knew what he had and wanted as much of it as possible for his own wines.
Jim is, I’m guessing, 27-30 years old, and easily one of the more informal folks we met in his sweatpant shorts and white tee get-up. Regardless, Maresh makes very good Pinot Noir and arguably one of the best Chardonnays in the world. Yes, I did just say this is one of the best Chardonnays in the world!
The 2012 Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills Chardonnay ($69.99) is rich, with flavors of golden fruits and apples, a wine that Maresh says might be the best Chard he’s made.
The 2012 Arterberry Maresh Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir ($54.99) is delicious: pure Dundee red fruits, leaner than many other 2012 Pinot Noirs in the valley, but with the cut and tension of a great young wine. – Joe Manekin