Wine lovers, like horse-racing fans, love a system. No sooner does a bunch of wines, like horses at a race track, show up than the touts at the wine bar rail start devising some sort of hierarchy.
The classed-growths of Bordeaux’s Médoc district represent the most famous such system: The first-growth through fifth-growth hierarchy devised in 1855 and later codified (some would say “ossified”) into wine law by the French government with the arrival of controlled appellation laws in the 1930s.
Then there are the pyramidal distinctions of grand cru, premier cru and village, found in other regions of France, most famously Burgundy.
The Champagne region, for its part, employs … wait for it … a 100-point scale in ranking its vineyards, in addition to … Read more
Thanks to winemaker Marcus Goodfellow’s patience, this newsletter contains one heck of a Pinot Noir opportunity. If you doubt me, just skip down several paragraphs to the highlighted section where pricing is discussed. To quote philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” This is Jean-Jacques and not Armand, so I’m fairly confident he wasn’t talking about wine. Nonetheless, this bottle perfectly illustrates his point.
2011 Matello Wines Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (original release price: 36.00)
2011 was the coolest vintage on record in these parts and only a nice little rally of warmth in October saved the day. Just as in 2007, early reports from various critics were less than enthusiastic and folks who prefer louder, fleshier wines made their … Read more
Matello was the first winery visit of this, my second trip to Oregon wine country. It was a very short drive from my McMinville lodgings, because the Matello winery is in an industrial estate on the outskirts of town. Marcus Goodfellow, owner and winemaker of Matello Wines, explains that the winery building was constructed in 1970s, and he leased it in 2011. It used to be a Betty Lous factory, making confectionary bars (the Paley Bar), and was originally built to house equipment from the grain store over the road. I met with Marcus and his significant other, Gaironn, to chat and taste through the wines. It was a lovely visit, and the wines were fabulous.
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December 15, 2014 – As November came to a close we had one more Willamette Valley, Oregon Chardonnay to explore on #Winestudio. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the live chat due to the unexpected death of a beloved family member; however, I was still fortunate enough to receive the wine. I have reviewed the #Winestudio Twitter conversation from the virtual tasting as well as listened to Guy’s True Wine Culture Podcast featuring Amy Wesselman of Westrey Wine Company on Soundcloud. If you missed any or all of November’s #Winestudio session featuring 8 truly dazzling Willamette Valley Chardonnays you can read all about them in my previous articles, “Dazzling Willamette Valley Chardonnays,” “I’m In the Mood for a Chardonnay… Read more
2010 Pinot Noir Souris Willamette Valley( $45)
Vivid red. Heady, seductively perfumed bouquet melds candied red fruits, Asian spices, black tea and cola. Powerful yet lithe, offering sweet black raspberry and spicecake flavors that put on weight with air. Shows excellent clarity on the finish, which features gently chewy tannins and a late jolt of candied rose. By all means decant this one if you insist on drinking it now or anytime soon. 93
2010 Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Ribbon Ridge( $35)
Vivid red. Fresh cherry, dark berries and potpourri on the highly scented nose. Bright and mineral-driven but also shows very good density to its chewy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Displays the structure of the vintage but doesn’t come … Read more
Five of the city’s top wine connoisseurs sampled more than 400 Oregon wines to select the best the state has to offer. Now it’s your turn to sample the results!… Read more
Matello Pinot noir Willamette Valley 08 – A “here today, gone tomorrow” wine. After Matt Kramer (Wine Spectator, The Oregonian) wrote this up last Sunday, the small production has all but disappeared. Why? The wine rocks. A distinctive nose of anise, dusty dark cherries, and cedar carries through to a surprisingly dense wash of dark fruits. Precise and vibrant, the Matello makes you think…about how you wish there was twice as much in your glass. In demand, and very limited. – Marcus
This Pinot Noir is from the Whistling Ridge Vineyard, in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Shallow sedimentary soils on the crest of the ridge breed this beautiful mineral-driven red. Savoury cherry, iron, earth, herbs, firm, with a yielding finesse and … Read more
2010 MATELLO WINES ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR (APPROXIMATELY 13.00-16.00)
If the Tradition is Owen Wilson, the Matello is Linus Pauling. Marcus Goodfellow’s Matello Rosé of Pinot Noir is a newcomer to the Willamette Valley pink sweepstakes but in a few short years it has become one of the best examples around. It’s a wine that will make you think way more than you should have to with a rosé. I also like the fact that this wine smells like Pinot Noir, tastes like Pinot Noir and manages to capture the elegance of the grape despite the pink window dressing.
The nose is downright subtle compared to the Chateau St. Martin Tradition. There are fleeting aromas of dried rose petals, bright red cherries, lemon zest … Read more
2008 MATELLO WINERY PINOT NOIR WINTER’S HILL DUNDEE HILLS
($45) Pale, bright red. Wild, intriguing scents of redcurrant, Campari and dried rose, with notes of botanical herbs and orange peel coming up with air; smells like the bastard child of a Negroni and a Chambolle-Musigny. Light-bodied, seductively sweet red fruit flavors turn tangy with air and show very good clarity and spiciness. Singular, lean and refreshing wine with strong finishing bite and a lingering echo of zesty red fruits. Don’t serve this without warning the unsuspecting.… Read more
by Cole Danehower
Marcus Goodfellow is flat out one of the best winemakers in Oregon—it’s just that not many people know about his wines. Oh, the trade does; the insider industry folks all speak admiringly of the wine as well as the winemaker, and it is almost a rite of passage to indicate your familiarity with the sub rosa Matello label.
Sadly, the average lover of Oregon Pinot Noir has yet to discover what Marcus does.
His own unpresuming character does not naturally push Marcus toward the limelight, and the small quantities of wine that he makes (around 2,000 cases of up to 11 different bottlings) are not widely distributed, necessarily limiting his broader market exposure. But once you taste through his … Read more