In 1959, Wisconsin natives Jim and Loie Maresh (pronounced ‘Marsh’) bought a 27 acre parcel of land in the hills above Dundee, OR, moving their family from Portland, OR to the Willamette Valley. After meeting neighbor and Oregon wine pioneer, Dick Erath, the Mareshes decided to plant wine grapes, putting the first vines in the ground in 1970. Today those vines are wide spaced (as was the standard for viticulture at the time), gnarly, and moss covered with roots extending deep into the volcanic Jory soil. The Riesling from Maresh is own-rooted, organic, and dry farmed with a naturally balanced crop requiring little human intervention.
Maresh is the 5th oldest vineyard in Oregon, known for making worldclass Pinot Noir.
Simply amazing domestic Riesling. Aromatic nose that blends the classic tones of petrol and crushed stone with slightly more exotic fruit (apricot, white peach). Vibrant and dense with a supple midpalate, long finish, and acidity for days (means this will age gracefully for years to come if you have the patience).
94 points Wine Enthusiast - cellar selection
region: Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
style: fruit forward, powerful white
farming/cellar: organic, dry farmed,