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 lingering finish. Quietly confident, structured and still graceful, this beguiling wine charmed with its honesty, complexity and balance. I searched the rest of my Oregon days for a bottle to bring home, but alas, only 50 cases were produced, and my only tastes remain a lasting memory. Watch for Matello Wines.