Wine Enthusiast 10/1/2016

Goodfellow 2013 Richard’s Cuvée Chardonnay (Ribbon Ridge) – Sourced from the Whistling Ridge Vineyard, this was previously bottled under the winemaker’s Matello label. It’s packed with apple and pear fruit flavors, supported with ample acidity. Smooth and fleshy, its 50% new oak remains subtly integrated, with highlights of caramel and butter peeking out. It’s well balanced, but you’ll note that there are tartaric crystals (utterly harmless) clinging to the cork, suggesting that it was not cold stabilized. 92

Goodfellow 2013 Durant Vineyard, Chardonnay (Dundee Hills) – This rich, mouth-coating effort marries Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and white peach to sappy acidity. It persistently pushes through the palate into a lingering finish, with a lip-licking snap that invites the next sip. 91

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In Oregon: Goodfellow Family Cellars

I visited Matello/Goodfellow Family Cellars last a couple of years ago, and it was great to go back on this trip to catch up with Marcus Goodfellow and Gaironn Poole. What’s changed? A few things. read more

Goodfellow 2012 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills) – Purity and concentration are the hallmarks here, with the forward, instantly delicious character of the 2012 vintage. This has the intense purity of summer fruit, lightly spicy and perfectly balanced. 92

Goodfellow 2012 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (Ribbon Ridge) – A stablemate to the Richard’s Cuvée, bottled under the winemaker’s Matello label, this is a creamy, juicy wine with a lush mix of apple, pear and banana fruit flavors. There’s a suggestion of mineral underlying the creamy mouthfeel, which … Read more



2012 Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge – Light, bright red. Potent raspberry and rose pastille aromas are accented by blood orange and Asian spices. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering gently sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors that tighten up in the middle. Distinctly lively and fresh, with a jolt of tangy redcurrant carrying through a long, gently tannic finish. 91

2012 Pinot Noir Heritage – Brilliant red. Vibrant, expansive red and dark berry and rose pastille scents are deepened by notes of cola and vanilla. Smooth and concentrated on the palate, with gently sweet black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors showing surprising vivacity for their heft. Pure, focused and sweet on the impressively long finish, which is framed by velvety tannins … Read more


This is the second in a series that explores business models in the wine industry. Here we examine the category of urban wineries. read more

Urban wineries require a flip of expectations – From self-contained system of a winery building that’s immediately surrounded by vineyards, to a more cooperative model where the winery is located in the middle of a town and grapes are brought to it from vineyards several miles away. The urban winery model yields a new understanding of how to operate a wine business at a profit, especially when buy-in for new entrants to the self-contained system is so prohibitively high.… Read more