Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay 2011
"Maresh’s spontaneously barrel-fermented 2011 Chardonnay Dundee Hills represents a blend from lots off old Maresh vines and Weber Vineyard, bottled only at 20 months, and then un-fined and unfiltered. Fresh lime, lemon and apple are wreathed in bittersweet iris-like perfume and laced with piquant rind, pit and pip. Suggestions of brioche as well as butter cream prompted by (passive) lees-enrichment lend richness to a performance that simultaneously remains bright and incisive all the way through a long and refreshing finish. Given the showing of Maresh’s 2009 Maresh Vineyard bottling tasted alongside, I’m confident that this cuvee will perform beautifully through at least 2016, though beyond that I’d need more experience with older bottles to prognosticate. There were just eight barrels (two new, incidentally) of this “entry level” blend, and considering that its price demands my almost regretfully dubbing it a ludicrously good value , anybody Maresh sells it to is going to either already be, or want subsequently to be, his friend!...91" WA 10/13
Got to try this in Jan '09 when a friend brought it to dinner. Holy crap! Easily one of the best Chardonnay's I've tasted outside of Burgundy & would hang pretty good with those too. Elegant, structured, & decadent.