THE OREGONIAN

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by Matt Kramer

December 28, 2010
OregonLIve.com

MATT KRAMER ON WINE

By now you’re surfeited with advice about how to celebrate the coming new year. You’ve doubtless figured out for yourself your preferred approach. Consequently, the wines this week aren’t pitched to some imagined notion of how you could or should see in the new year. Some folks are party animals. Others — count me in — prefer a more personal, intimate approach. All I will say is that any of the following will serve beautifully, enhancing your chosen approach.

2009 Matello “Lazarus” Pinot Noir: As every pursuer of pinot noir knows, Oregon abounds in hundreds of small producers, most of whom issue fewer than 2,000 cases a year, if that. Oregon can easily claim … Read more

TANZER

2008 MATELLO WINERY PINOT NOIR HOMMAGE A & D WILLAMETTE VALLEY

91 Points

($30) Bright red. Musky red berry and floral aromas are complicated by suggestions of cinnamon, star anise and white pepper. Racy and taut on entry, then gains sweetness and breadth in the mid-palate, offering attractive red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter cherry pit. Deeper and more fruit-driven than the Winter’s Hill; less edgy and a bit more mainstream. The spicy finish is sweet, expansive and impressively persistent. Still, this isn’t a wine to serve to friends who use, say, Kosta-Browne as a benchmark for their pinot love and can’t see past it. But pinot is really a big tent wine so give it a shot: you never know.… Read more

MATELLO PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE VALLEY 08

by Northwest-Wine.com

WINERY: MATELLO

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

“A beautifully made wine with a lovely mid-palate density with a core of wild cherry and berry fruits, Matello “Willamette Valley” Pinot Noir 2008 shows just what the 2008 pinots are all about. Dense yet balanced, with supple tannins … Read more

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE’S MOST POPULAR RESTAURANT WINE BRANDS

Matello listed amongst Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Most Popular Restaurant Wine Brands

A to Z
Abeja
Adelsheim Vineyard
Aldeanueva
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Allegrini
Alois Lageder
Altos Las Hormigas
Andrew Rich
Anne Amie
Argyle
Au Bon Climat
Avignonesi
B.R. Cohn
Banfi
Bastianich (Top Fifty)
Beaulieu Vineyard (Top Fifty)
Belle Glos
Benton Lane
Benziger
Beringer Vineyards (Top Fifty)
Billecart Salmon
Bodegas Faustino Martinez
Bottega Vinaia
Boutari
Brewer-Clifton
Brezza
Brickhouse
Bruno Giacosa (Top Fifty)
Cakebread Cellars (Top Ten)
Cambria Vineyard
Castle Rock
Catena (Top Fifty)
Caymus Vineyards
Chalk Hill Winery
Chappellet
Charles Krug
Chateau de Sancerre
Chateau Marbuzet
Chateau Montelena
Chateau St. Jean (Top Fifty)
Chateau Ste. Michelle (Top Fifty)
Chehalem Winery
Chimney Rock
Cline Cellars
Clos du Bois
Cloudy Bay
Cobb Wines
Coldstream Hills
Columbia Crest
Concha … Read more

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STORYTELLER WINE PORTLAND, OR :

Marcus Goodfellow is an earnest, serious guy. So when he told his co-workers he was thinking about becoming a winemaker, one of them called him “a little fool.” Instead of questioning his sanity, the doubters made him more determined than ever to make wine. Marcus even went so far as to name his winery Matello, a rough translation of “little fool” in certain parts of Italy.

The pencil sketch of a scraggly court jester on the label is now instantly recognizable on store shelves around Portland. Marcus was born and raised in tiny Silverton, Oregon but eventually escaped to Los Angeles where he ended up working in a wine store. The appreciation of the liquid arts, in addition to a … Read more