Loie's Block is the oldest in the Maresh vineyard, and shows the elegance and grace of old vines. The wine is sculpted and feminine, but not bashful. Its sweet cherry core is wrapped in piney tannins—the herbs jut out, as often happens in young Oregon Pinot Noir. The angularity and definition suggest that a bit of time will turn this into a multi-dimensional, Burgundian wine.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.