We release wines a three times a year and look forward to sharing them with you and your family, friends and community. Please contact us for more information and please visit us on your next visit to McMinnville so that we may share them with you.
PINOT GRIS RESERVE
Hailing from Whistling Ridge and Bishop Creek Vineyards, the Clover Reserve is produced from hand picked fruit that is whole-cluster pressed, and racked to foudre, puncheon, and barrique after a brief period settling. Fermentation is with native yeasts and elevage is mostly in neutral French oak with a small percentage of Acacia. The wine spends 14 months on the gross lees before being racked a single time before bottling. There is beautiful balance of acidity, purity of fruit and richness.
Whistling Ridge Vineyard
Dry-farmed chardonnay from a 1-acre parcel at Whistling Ridge, hand-picked, whole-cluster pressed. After a brief period settling the wine is racked into large French oak vessels. Fermentation and elevage lasts about 21 months on the gross lees. The shallow marine sediment soils and windy environs at Whislting Ridge produce a Chardonnay that is mineral, deep and long with chalky citrus fruit.
One of our 2 vineyard designate Chardonnays, the Durant is more demure that it’s counterpart. Lemon curd and bursts of fresh bay leaf invite a pairing of endless cuisine. A great wine for those that think they don’t like Chardonnay, as it has changed many minds.
New to Oregon Chardonnay and want to see put your toes in the pool? This delightful wine raises it’s hand and asks that you pop the cork. Made with neutral wood, but full malo-lactic fermentation, it plays well with most food yet isn’t lacking in personality.
Pinot blanc Dessert Wine
Crafted in 2013 from the fruit that would usually give us Caprice, this wine’s destiny was sealed when it arrived with kisses of botrytis. We sell it almost only out of our tasting room, but it is available upon request for those that love Alsatian style dessert wine.
A cuvee from Whistling Ridge, Durant and Bishop Creek, this wine is comprised of barrels which together clearly express the vintage and character of the Willamette Valley. The wine typically is comprised of a good portion of whole cluster wines fermented with native yeasts and is aged primarily in neutral French oak for a period of 14-19 months.
Produced from hand-picked Pommard and Dijon 114, planted in 1973 and 1993, the Durant Vineyard is often the first site at full ripeness. It is fermented in small lots with native yeasts with a good portion of whole clusters. The wine is aged for 18 months in 15%-25% new French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Durant is often tense, silken and delicate with spicy red-fruited purity and clean texture from one of the original Dundee Hills vineyards.
Bishop Creek Vineyard
Twenty five year old un-grafted Wadensville vines, dry farmed in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA are handpicked for this wine. From 3 acres, each clone is fermented separately with native yeasts in small lots, typically with 50-60% whole-clusters. The wine is aged in 0%-40% new French oak barrels for 18-21 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered. There is intensity at Bishop Creek, with deep, dark toned fruit, a spicy floral edge and savory tones with acidity and length.
Whistling Ridge Vineyard
With more than ten clones of Pinot Noir planted in the shallow marine sedimentary soils at Whistling Ridge, the clonal diversity here creates an expression of site totally removed from clonal character. Dry farming encourages deep roots and daily wind that blows in the afternoons and evening keeps the canopy fresh in the heat of the summer. Handpicked fruit sorted and fermented with native yeasts in small lots with varying amounts of whole clusters. Elevage takes place in 25% new French oak puncheons for 18-21 months and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wines show off Ribbon Ridge character of dusty red and black fruit, sappy spice and firm, savory structure.
Made with great thought, our reserve wine is crafted to stand strong for years to come. The genesis was a wine to age for our son to enjoy one day, who is presently a toddler. Thus, it seems more new oak and is made from our favorite parcel of the vintage. Lay down for as long as you can, as patience is to be rewarded.
This bottle holds a special place in our portfolio as an introduction to the smallest AVA with a reputation of the highest regard. We are thrilled to work with this fruit, and pass it along to you. Enjoy deep flavors of clove, mulberry and a touch of strawberry with the structure we are known for.
Thank you for your interest in Goodfellow Family Cellars. Our individual offerings are only available a few months of the year.
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