A view lot in the country is what Loie and Jim Maresh (like marsh-mallow) were seeking in 1959 when they found a 27-acre hilltop farm for sale in the Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon. The owner refused to sell a view lot only, so the couple courageously bought the whole farm. The Maresh property was eventually expanded to over 140 acres as adjacent farms were put up for sale. And in 1970, it was Dick Erath who convinced them to plant Pinot Noir in what would become the fifth oldest vineyard in Oregon and the first vineyard on Worden Hill Road.
Today, the Maresh family - led by Loie and Jim's daughter Martha who married Fred Arterberry, Jr. in 1980 - farms those original Pommard and Wädenswil Pinot Noir plantings, plus own-rooted Chardonnay vines from 1983, the year third generation winemaker, Jim Arterberry Maresh was born. Ranging from 500' to 800' elevation, their non-irrigated vineyard enjoys long hang-time and is among the last to ripen in the valley. Here, the Dundee Hill's red Jory soils are the result of thousands of years of lava flow, uplift, flood and erosion, and this beautiful landscape of southeastern facing ridges experiences slightly warmer and drier growing conditions than surrounding microclimates. The Maresh vineyard's volcanic soils drain well, yet retain moisture when the vines need it the most, and Jim's philosophy is to hand select the finest blocks of fruit to produce unfined and unfiltered wines of purity, focus, elegance, perfume, and complexity. New oak is kept to a minimum to allow the fruit to shine and minimize the presence of wood tannins in the wine.
A blend of Maresh and Weber Vineyards, this 2016 Old Vines bottling is an average vine age of 42 years. Unrivaled in its pedigree, this is everything we've ever loved about Arterberry Maresh Pinot noirs, and that is a lot, rolled into one. It is perfect Pinot noir.