2021 Arterberry Maresh Weber Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, USA (750ml)
Dark fruits are streaked with violet, burnt orange, botanicals and game meats on the nose, and the palate is equally concentrated and layered. It offers waves of dark fruits, an abundance of silty tannins and incredible freshness that causes the flavors to burst with energy and call you in for another sip. This singular, stunning expression is “a freak of nature,” explains proprietor Jim Maresh, who only recently revived the single-vineyard cuvée from the Weber vineyard, 3.5 acres planted in 1983
The 2021 Pinot Noir Weber Vineyard comes from vines planted in the 1970s and is highly expressive this year, pairing concentration and detail. It has a medium ruby color and alluring, feral aromas: wafts of iron, tar and game meats complement a deep core of briary fruit, and it takes its time in the glass to unfold to higher-toned notes of potpourri. Light-bodied, it's nuanced and detailed, opening to bursts of blood orange and bitters flavors as it moves through the mouth. It has abundant, powdery tannins, mouthwatering acidity and a flourish of spice across the finish. The Weber is already impressive, but it will offer even more after 5-8 years in bottle
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 97 pts.
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