2017 Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks Pinot Noir


2017 Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks Pinot Noir


2017 is my second to last Red Barn Blocks bottling, 2018 being my final one. Starting in either 2018 or 2019, there will be a new bottling from another block I worked with for many years before, and have the great joy of working with again.

Five barrels of Block 1 (1970) in front of the Maresh Red Barn comprised this bottling. The 2017 is a transparent, medium red that radiates and shines. The nose has a refinement, a noblesse, and a wisdom that are hard to put into words. The mouth is classic Maresh: little red Hood strawberries that to me, are one of the things that Oregon is all about, and hints of spice. There is this tiny note of vetiver and moss. The Red Barn has character and presence that is both powerful and unassuming, if not silent. Very long.

As I wrote in my notes on the Mirabai Pinot Noir, after all of these years writing these kinds of notes and hoping to not have them sound like grocery store lists or to imprison my wines with my words, I have begun to sometimes include quotes from my friends who have tasted the wine in question. These quotes are meant to be pure fun. In the case of the Red Barn Blocks 2017, a longtime winemaker here in the Willamette Valley noted: “If the Marquis de Sade were to taste this wine, he would say it is painfully long”.

Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A.
Picking Date: 1 October 2017 
Barrels:  neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests
Bottling Date: 28 June 2018
Alcohol: 12.5 %
Whole Cluster: 50%
Cases Produced: 111 cases

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