Arterberry Maresh Pinots are seamless and silky - the 2008 is bursting with succulent, mouthwatering, layered cherries, wild strawberries, with orange oil, cedar spice, brown sugar, black tea and huckleberry appearing on the finish. Tremendous Pinot sweetness gushes towards the end, ideally balanced by the 2008 dream-vintage acidity. A veil of super-fine tannins helps the finish resound.
9 barrels were made (224 cases), mostly twice-filled barrels, aged for 16 months. Harvested October 26-30, the incredibly low yields - less than 1 ton/acre - ripened to perfection during cold, sunny days. The oldest blocks of Maresh Vineyard - the fifth oldest in the Willamette Valley - are in this wine. Vine age ranges from 1970 to 1991.
By Jim Maresh for wineberserkers.com, 12/27/09:
Juliard is located in the Dundee Hills on Worden Hills road about 100 yards past cameron winery on the left.. I'm sourcing everything off Worden Hill road.. Juliard, Winderlea, Maresh in that order as you roll up the hill.
Juliard is the lowest in elevation at about 400 ft, old 80s pommard vines.. straight south facing site, warm dundee hills site. Juliard is completely different animal than Maresh.. I don't want my SVDs to taste the same and Maresh and Juliard are night and day. Even though both vineyards are from the same Jory soil same road, same sloping hill, they contrast well. Maresh is really pretty, high toned red fruits sweet spices, silky and seamless with tension. Juliard is black fruits, anise, meat, dark chocolate, dust.. lower toned than Maresh and firmer.
I was tasting some Juliard barrels and I was reminded of clos electrique. Then I realized how close they are.. I thought about Weber vineyard being a stones throw from Juliard and it helped understand the site better.. Weber, clos electrique and Juliard very interesting darker more savory flavors come from lower part of Worden Hill road. Up the hill Maresh, Abbey Ridge, Murto tones get higher, floral, pretty, redder.