Like all of his 2010 Pinots, bottled in January - early by Maresh's standards - the 2010 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard takes us into a realm of high-toned red berry; mysterious underbrush; noble fungus; meat stock; and overall elegance fondly reminiscent of great Volnay. Piquant fruit pit and mouthwatering salinity lend a goosebump-inducing degree of invigoration to this satiny, sleek, ravishingly long Pinot that kept revealing new nuances and deeper, multi-faceted sweetness as it took on air. I suspect this will have a 12-15 year run and become a yet more profoundly satisfying along the course.
Author: David Schildknecht
Burghound | Rating: 91
This is more deeply pitched than the Gehrts with a more complex mix of mostly red berry fruit though there is a touch of dark berry present as well along with notes of briar, spice and soft floral elements. There is fine mid-palate concentration to the refined middle weight flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel before culminating in a vibrant, well-balanced and beautifully persistent finish. This is good stuff that is built to reward medium-term cellaring.