Press & Reviews

Critical reviews of Goodfellow and Matello wines.

Press & Reviews

 

We very much appreciate the kind words of professional reviewers in the following entries. Please do also consider looking into consumer reviews on Cellar Tracker and Wine Berserkers, and reading the excellent notes from from some of our long term Oregon supporters such as Vinopolis, Avalon WinesOregon Pinot Noir Club, and The Cellar Door.

 

Vinous, Josh Raynolds, June 2019


2016 Heritage No. 7, Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Translucent red. A highly complex bouquet evokes ripe, mineral-accented red fruit, five-spice powder and incense, with a zesty mineral note that gains strength as the wine opens up. Gently sweet, seamless and lively on the palate, offering densely packed raspberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and rose pastille flavors that are supported by a core of juicy acidity. Delivers a suave blend of power and delicacy. Finishes extremely long and spicy, with polished tannins framing lingering red fruit preserve and floral notes. Drinking window 2022-2030. 94 points.

 

2016 Heritage No. 8, Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

Vivid red. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet displays an array of ripe red fruit, floral and spice qualities, along with a smoky mineral flourish and a touch of vanilla. Sweet, lively and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. The floral note comes back strong on a very long, vibrant finish that's given shape by smooth, well-knit tannins. Drinking window 2022-2029. 93 points.

 

2016 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Light vivid red. An incisive, mineral- and spice-accented bouquet displays an array of fresh red fruit and floral qualities, along with suggestions of fresh bay, blood orange and musky earth. Sappy and sharply delineated in the mouth, offering bitter cherry, raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out as the wine opens up. Shows excellent depth while coming off graceful, with no rough edges. Fine-grained tannins lend support to an impressively long, floral-driven finish that leaves sappy red berry and smoky mineral notes behind. Drinking window 2022-2030. 94 points.

 

2016 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

Shimmering red. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, potpourri, incense and Asian spices, and a vibrant mineral nuance builds as the wine opens up. Juicy, penetrating and focused in style, offering palate-staining raspberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors that are energized by blood orange and white pepper notes. Shows superb clarity on a long, spice-laced finish shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins. Drinking window 2021-2029. 94 points.

 

2016 Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir

Brilliant red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh blue fruits, cherries, exotic spices, potpourri and smoky minerals. Bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors show excellent depth and clarity and pick up suggestions of candied flowers, star anise and musky herbs as the wine opens up. Blends power and delicacy with a steady hand and finishes very long and precise, with repeating spiciness and insistent florality. Drinking window 2022-2030. 93 points.

 

2015 Heritage No. 4, Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir

Lurid red. Vibrant, spice-tinged red fruit and candied rose scents, along with suggestions of blood orange and smoky minerals. Taut and well-delineated on the palate, offering juicy bitter cherry and red currant flavors that slowly deepen and turn sweeter with air. Fine-grained tannins come in slowly on a very long, precise finish that strongly echoes the red berry and spice notes. Drinking window 2022-2029. 92 points.

 

2015 Heritage No. 5, Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

Glistening red. A highly perfumed, incisive bouquet displays scents of fresh cherry, raspberry and baking spices, and a sexy floral nuance builds with air. Sweet and focused on the palate, showing good heft and focus to the intense red fruit, rose pastille and spicecake flavors. Delivers strong, spicy cut on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with resonating cherry and floral qualities. Drinking window 2021-2028. 92 points.

 

2015 Heritage No. 6, Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir

Translucent red. A highly perfumed bouquet displays fresh red fruit, blood orange and Asian spice qualities, and vibrant mineral and floral notes build in the glass. Juicy and sharply delineated on the palate, offering intense red currant, raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that unfurl slowly on the back half. Shows distinct tension and clarity and finishes with finely woven tannins and emphatic spice- and mineral-driven persistence.  Drinking window 2022-2029. 92 points.

 

2015 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Shimmering red. Intense, mineral- and spice-accented red currant, strawberry and cola scents pick up a sexy floral nuance as the wine opens up. Shows uncommon vivacity for a ripe vintage and offers juicy red berry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that slowly deepen on the back half. Displays excellent clarity and spicy cut on a long, gently tannic finish that leaves resonating red berry and candied rose notes behind. Drinking window 2022-2029. 92 points.

 

2015 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

Light bright red. A highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of fresh raspberry, cherry and exotic spices, and a sexy floral nuance builds in the glass. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering spice-tinged bitter cherry, red berry and candied rose flavors that show impressively sharp delineation. Takes a sweeter turn on a gently tannic, incisive finish that hangs on with strong, spicy tenacity. This vineyard, which was first planted in 1973, is quite old by Willamette Valley standards. Drinking window 2021-2028. 93 points.

 

2015 Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir

Vivid red. Bright and sharply focused on the nose, displaying an array of spice- and mineral-accented red fruit and floral scents and a hint of musky underbrush. Stains the palate with juicy strawberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors that unfurl slowly and take a sweeter turn on the back half. The floral and spice notes drive a very long, focused finish framed by dusty, well-knit tannins. Drinking window 2022-2029. 92 points.

 

The Wine Advocate 238, Erin Brooks, August 2018


The Goodfellow wines came as a wonderful surprise during my time tasting in Oregon. Marcus Goodfellow is sourcing fruit from some of the finest vineyards in Willamette, often dry farmed and from old vineyards planted to an array of clones. We visited the old, gnarled vines at Durant vineyard in Dundee Hills, planted with Pinot Noir in 1973 and with Chardonnay in 1993, and the Whistling Ridge Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge, planted in 1990. “Old vines are still the trump card,” he says. “The vines situate themselves to the site. The old vines give wines that are ethereal, elegant, layered and don’t speak too loud.” The wines combine layers of pure, ripe fruit, earth and amaro-like aromatics.

Erin Brooks, August 2018

 

2015 Durant Vineyard Chardonnay

The Chardonnay at Durant vineyard was planted in 1993. The 2015 Chardonnay Durant Vineyard is a bit shy on the nose, opening out to honey toast, Red Delicious apples, pears, lemon confit and clotted cream. Medium-bodied, it has wonderful concentration of flavor in the mouth—creamy citrus, honey and crème fraîche—with a wicked line of acidity, finishing long and minerally. Drink date 2018-2025. 91+ points.

 

2015 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Richard’s Cuvee

From a vineyard planted in 1990, the 2015 Chardonnay Richard's Cuvée Whistling Ridge Vineyard opens with tangy Greek yogurt aromas on the nose over a core of baked yellow apple and yellow pear with hints of toast and spice. Medium to full-bodied and creamy textured, it has wonderful concentration of warm yellow fruits over tangy crème fraîche flavors and just enough freshness, with lots of toast and spice coming through on the long finish.  Drink date 2018-2024. 91 points.

 

2015 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

The 2015 Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard is pale to medium ruby in color with a very pretty nose of rose petals, violet and spice over a core of dried cherries and cranberries plus earthy notions of fresh tobacco, underbrush and autumn leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it's packed with juicy red fruits flavors, spice and floral perfume, with a great frame of grainy tannins and freshness to lift all that flavor, finishing very, very long. Drink date 2018-2028. 94 points.

 

2015 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

From a vineyard planted in 1990, the pale to medium ruby colored 2015 Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard has a spicy nose of coriander, warm cinnamon, potpourri and dried leaves over a core of baked cranberry and red cherry fruit with meaty/savory touches. Light to medium-bodied, it has spice-laced red fruits in the mouth, with a great frame of fine-grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing very long and very spicy.  Drink date 2018-2027. 93 points.

 

2015 Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Fir Crest Vineyard is scented of black cherry and bramble berry preserves with cardamom and nutmeg spice, pretty dried red flowers, orange peel and earthy accents. Medium to full-bodied, it floods the mouth with concentrated, juicy dark fruit preserves, with wonderful grainy tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing very long and accented with earthy notions. Gosh, that’s good!  Drink date 2018-2026. 93 points.

 

The Wine Advocate 232,  Lisa Perrotti Brown,  August 2017


2014  Whistling Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay,   Richard's Cuvee

The 2014 Chardonnay Richard's Cuvee knocks it out of the park with a nose of ripe apricots, pink grapefruit and guava underscored by fresh ginger, baking bread, beeswax and yeast extract hints with a waft of jasmine. Medium- bodied, the palate is very elegant and refined, with incredible freshness and depth wrapped in a lovely satiny texture, finishing with long lasting mineral and spices layers. Wow!  Drink date 2017-2024.     95 points.

 

2014  Durant Vineyard Chardonnay

The 2014 Chardonnay Durant Vineyard delivers an intense minerally/struck match and crushed stones nose over a core of lemon pie, orange blossoms and grapefruit plus hints of toasted almonds and brioche. Medium-bodied, very fresh and very fine, the palate reveals a gorgeous creamy texture and wonderful flavor intensity, with the citrus, savory and mineral flavors lingering long and multi-layered in the mouth. Drink date 2017-2023.     95+ points.

 

2014  Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Pale ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard has stewed tea, fragrant earth and red roses notes on the nose with a core of cranberries and red cherries. Medium-bodied with bags of finesse and expression, it has a chewy frame of tannins and lively line of acid, finishing long and earthy.  Drink date 2017-2022.     91 points.

 

2014  Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

Very pale ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard has a very pretty perfume of violets and rose hip tea with a core of fresh raspberries and wild strawberries plus a touch of damp soil. Medium- bodied, fine, fresh and elegantly played on the palate, it gives great flavor intensity and impressive depth.  Drink date 2017-2023.     92+ points.

 

2014 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

The 2014 Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge has a very pale ruby color and notes of dried Provence herbs, dusty earth and garrigue over a core of fresh cherries and red currants plus a floral waft. The medium-bodied palate delivers an impressive structure, with firm, fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone supporting the quietly intense fruit, finishing long.  Drink date 2017-2022.     91 points.

 

2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir is scented of roses, wild thyme and lavender with a core of Bing cherries and warm cranberries plus an earthy/forest floor waft. Light to medium-bodied, the palate provides a wonderful intensity of perfumed red berry flavors with silken tannins and a long earthy finish.  Drink date 2017-2023.     92+ points.

 

Vinous,  Josh Raynolds,  February 2018


2014  Whistling Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay

Vivid straw-yellow. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of fresh peach, pear and melon carry a suave floral overtone. Shows very good intensity and clarity on the palate, offering an array of sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors that are firmed by a spine of tangy acidity. Finishes spicy and very long, featuring lingering floral and smoke notes and a hint of anise.  Drinking window 2018-2023.     93 points.

 

2014  Durant Vineyard Chardonnay

Limpid yellow. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes fresh pear and melon, pungent flowers, iodine and smoky minerals. Chewy and broad on entry, then more taut in the midpalate, offering intense, smoke-tinged citrus and orchard fruit flavors with honeysuckle, bitter quinine and toasty lees nuances. Delivers a solid punch but comes off lithe, displaying strong closing grip and resonating mineral and floral notes.  Drinking window 2019-2025.     92 points.

 

2015  Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Brilliant straw-yellow. Fresh citrus and orchard fruit aromas, along with hints of dried fig, lemon zest and buttered toast. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors sharpened by a hint of spicy ginger. Finishes long and smooth, displaying a hint of smokiness and a building floral quality.  Drinking window 2019-2023.     90 points.

 

2015  Whistling Ridge Blanc  (Matello label)

Light bright yellow. Pungent dried pear, lemon pith and beeswax scents carry a subtle floral overtone. Chewy and dry on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and quinine flavors and a touch of Meyer lemon. Finishes with very good focus, cut and persistence, leaving a suave honeysuckle note behind.  Drinking window 2018-2021.     90 points.

 

2013  Deux Vert Vineyard Syrah "Fool's Journey"  (Matello label)

Bright violet. Smoke-tinged dark berries and pungent flowers on the nose. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that take a sweeter turn on the back half. Dusty tannins make a late appearance and add gentle grip to the smooth, energetic finish.  Drinking window 2019-2024.     90 points.

 

Vinous,  Josh Raynolds,  January 2018


2014  Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Deep bright-hued red. Powerful, mineral-tinged cherry and red berry liqueur scents, along with a hint of candied flowers in the background. Fleshy and broad on entry and then more taut in the middle, offering bitter cherry, raspberry and rose pastille flavors that become more energetic and sweeter on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on the floral-accented, gently tannic finish, which leaves a suave Asian spice note behind.     92 points.

 

2014  Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

Brilliant red. Smoke-accented raspberry, cherry cola and candied rose scents, along with hints of star anise and white pepper. Silky, sweet and focused on the palate, offering juicy red fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that pick up a hint of cocoa on the back half. Sleek, harmonious tannins add shape to a smooth, persistent finish that leaves behind sappy red berry liqueur and Asian spice notes.       92 points.

 

2014  Bishop Creek Pinot Noir

Vivid red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, cherry, candied flowers and musky earth, backed by a touch of smokiness. Lively black raspberry and floral pastille flavors pick up hints of bitter chocolate and licorice with aeration. The clinging, focused finish features fine-grained, slow-mounting tannins and repeating floral character. Give this one a little air time.     91 points.

 

2014  Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

Deep red. Lively and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh red fruit, floral and white pepper scents and a deeper cola nuance. Sappy and penetrating in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that turn sweeter with aeration. Blends depth and energy with a steady hand and finishes very long and smooth, displaying resonating spiciness and supple tannins that lend gentle grip.     91 points.

 

2014  Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Bright red. Aromas of fresh red berries, cola and five-spice powder are given depth by hints of licorice and cola. Silky, appealingly sweet and lively on the palate, offering raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. In the elegant style that marks Marcus Goodfellow's work, showing very good clarity and gentle tannins on the persistent finish.     90 points.

 

Purely Domestic Wine Report,  Doug Wilder,  Volume 5.3


 

2014  Whistling Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay,  Richard's Cuvee

The nose is fresh, precise and full of bright citrus, pineapple sap and toast accented with pristine golden and green tree fruit. The palate shows beautiful layering on entry with subtle fruit that goes from crisp to ripe. The overriding character is one of wholeness without being overdone.  Drink 2016 – 2022.     94 points.

 

2014  Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

From vines planted in 1973, the nose is a bright and deeply extracted red fruit with licorice and spice box and notes of graphite. The palate is ripe and juicy on entry with fresh strawberry, cherry and floral. Silky with good acidity reminding of NECCO mint wafers. Drink 2016 – 2022.     91 points.

 

2014  Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

If looking for a great value, here it is! The nose is tomato, cherry and graphite all beautifully layered. Don’t let the light color hue dissuade you. The palate is lean and fresh with subtle and well-integrated cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Lively texture and nice balance.  Drink 2016 – 2023.     92 points.

 

International Wine Report,  Owen Bargreen,  Oregon: Vol. II  April 2017


2015  Pinot Gris Reserve,  "Clover"

This straw colored Pinot Gris wine begins with aromatics of nectarine, pink grapefruit blossom, freshly cut hay and suggestions of baked apple. There are rich flavors of ripe pear, strarfruit, wild mushroom risotto, orange zest and hints of nutmeg. This is lovely Gris from a hot vintage. Best 2017-2022.     90 points.

 

2014  Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

This limited production Pinot Noir is sourced from vines set on volcanic soils from a vineyard first planted in 1973. As it begins to open it releases rich aromatics of guava puree, black cherry, black tea and pomegranate seed. There are ripe flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, eucalyptus, forest floor and strawberry jam. Fruity and mineral driven, this shows wonderful range. While exceedingly delicious now, this wine will show beautifully for at least another decade. Best 2017-2027.     92 points.

 

2014  Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

The 2014 Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir begins with lovely aromatics of black cherries, black tea, cola and black truffle which are all beautifully replicated on the palate. This has wonderful fruit forward flavors, while maintaining elegance and is slightly less earthy than the ’13 bottling, but is every bit as good.  Best 2017-2024.     90 points.

 

2013  Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Durant Vineyard is a historic site that was planted in 1973 and is set on Jory soil. This lovely Pinot Noir begins with aromatics of red cherry, Rose petals, guava purée and hints of orange rind. The palate is lithe and polished, showing rich flavors of guava, pomegranate seed, blood  orange, red cherry and cranberry sauce. The rich texture shows its class in this generally challenging vintage for Pinot Noir. There is a seamless quality to this wine that accentuates the gorgeous red fruit flavors.  Best 2017-2027.     92 points.

 

2013  Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Sourced from the Whistling Ridge Vineyard, a small, 14 acre site, which is set on Willakenzie soil, this translucent colored Pinot Noir wine begins with aromatics of cola, black truffle, forest floor and black cherry. There are rich flavors of cranberries, pomegranate, cherry pie and forest floor. Enticing and delicate, this is a wonderful Pinot Noir to drink approach now.  Best 2017-2024.     90 points.