2018 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir


2018 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir


The Maresh bottling is one I feel very deeply bonded with each year, and more so with each vintage. These vines planted on their own roots in 1970 in both the Long Rows and my half of the Old Block I have worked in since 2008. This time spent each year working in these blocks has changed me. I have the utmost love and respect for these vines, and the 2018 from them is something to behold. 

The Maresh 2018 is a medium, youthful and noble blue-red that is full of light and gorgeous transparency. It is certainly deeper in colour than my 2017. It’s my Maresh. Of course the nose is full of Hood strawberries warmed in the sun with the freshness of rain and the Pacific Ocean in the spring air, along with spices and other delicious notes that are difficult to articulate. The texture and length are also classic Maresh: silky and drapey without heaviness and more of the wind for its heft. As I write these notes, I find that this bottling is more coiled than the Red Barn Blocks 2018. It is both haunting and elusive. 

Once again, in the light of not being too serious and in an attempt to not imprison my living wines with my word cages which are tasting notes, I have asked a friend who is also a fellow winery owner/winemaker to write some notes about my Maresh 2018:

“Imagine walking through a field of wildflowers and coming into a clearing where instead of underbrush there is a circle of red rubies, and in the center is a snake coiled up in a classic fashion. You go to the snake, gingerly walking across the rubies, and suddenly, WHAM! It springs at you but rather than biting you, it bursts into a liquid that magically ends up, not in your mouth, but in your entire being. That is the sensation of drinking this elusive and impossible old vine Pinot.” 

Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A.
Picking Date: 2 October 2018 (the Long Rows and the Old Block, both planted on their own roots in 1970)
Barrels: neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests 
Bottling Date: 21 August 2019
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Whole Cluster: 30%
Cases Produced: 211 cases

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