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.


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.