The Jory soils are the real ground floor of the winery and Arterberry Maresh. A result of thousands of years of volcanic uplift, flood and and erosion, the Dundee Hills are a beautiful landscape of southeastern facing ridges. Slightly warmer and drier than surrounding microclimates, these balanced volcanic, silty-clay-loam soils both retain moisture and drain well. It is amongst this background that Jim Maresh has selected sites of predominantly old-vine, own-rooted and non-irrigated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, which are farmed for Arterberry Maresh.
The Maresh family farms Pommard and Wädenswil Pinot Noir from 1970, and 1974 plantings and own-rooted Chardonnay from the 1983 plantings. Ranging from 500’ to 800’ elevation, these high elevation vines experience a long hang-time and are the last to ripen. The vineyard is managed by Jim Maresh Sr., Martha Maresh, and Steve Mikami.
Maresh Vineyard is Jim’s reference point for Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. It is the most complex and layered Pinot Noir. It tends towards pure flavors of concentrated red berries, black tea, sandalwood, floral tones, stony spice, and berry bramble. The silken tannins and long, intricate mouth feel speak to the truly elegant profile of this wine, which always benefits from ample air upon opening.
The Chardonnay from Maresh Vineyard is full, bright and complex with aromatics and flavors of fresh lemon curd, ginger spice, mineral richness of wet stones and honeycomb. This is a long evolving wine full of tension.
Since 2010, Arterberry Maresh has contracted 1976 and 1983 planted, own-rooted Pommard clone Pinot Noir from Weber Vineyard. The true east-facing site is located southeast of Winderlea and gets limited afternoon sun, though tends to ripen early at 350’-450’ elevation. Since debuting in 2010, Weber has shown to be forward, deep and vibrantly perfumed. Sweet notes of juicy currant, blackcap raspberry, dark cherry, maple, earth and a resinous poppy seed note. The structure is refined and acidity taut, but Weber speaks in noble, forward tones.
There is a scant amount of 1983-planted Chardonnay at Weber, which is blended with Maresh and bottled as Dundee Hills Chardonnay. Andy Humphrey manages Weber Vineyard.
DUX Vineyard was passionately established in 2011 by proprietors Mark and Lorie Stevens on a beautiful knoll at the end of Herring Lane in Newberg. The site’s elevation (approximately 450 feet above sea level), solis (Jory) and gentle south facing-terrain are classic Dundee Hills terroir. Collaborating with acclaimed vineyard manager, Andy Humphrey, they replaced the decades-old unhealthy and unsavable cherry orchard with 2 acres of Pommard clone pinot noir on 101-14 root stock, 2.5 acres of Wadenswil clone pinot noir on 3309 rootstock and 1 acre of Draper Selection Heritage clone chardonnay on 101-14 rootstock, all in a north-south orientation. Andy continues to manage the vineyard meticulously, organically and sustainably. First commercial harvest took place in 2014 .
Named for the term for “Tops in class” in British and Australian school systems, DUX is both a nod to Lorie’s long career as an educator and parenthetically a play on both Mark and Lorie’s status as University of Oregon alumni. Most importantly, it exemplifies the world-class quality of the outstanding wine grapes grown on the property. Mark and Lorie are thrilled to have Jim Arterberry Maresh craft such delicious, memorable wines from their DUX fruit.