A guide to cellaring and drinking your Goodfellow and Matello wines.


2015 ranks as the Willamette Valley's warmest viticultural vintage on record. The wines are appropriately robust, but have a liveliness and purity to them that belies the heat. Easily my favorite of the hot vintages. I find the 2015 Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir and Fir Crest Pinot Noirs to be delicious currently. The Durant vineyard is a touch more closed, and a definite hold for me.  All three of the single vineyards are wines that I am confident will last 10 to 15 years. The 2015 Willamette Valley is pretty and youthful, with structure and spiced red fruit. It should continue to evolve and be best in 3-4 years. 

The Heritage wines will have an elongated window of accessibility, but all three (especially the #4) will reward 8-10 years of patience, or a significant period of time in a decanter.  

The Syrah is delicious, but best from 2021-2030. It would be hard for you to know this though, as it is still in barrel.

Currently, I prefer the Chardonnays on day 2 or 3 after opening, but feel they will be best between 2020-2025. The Whistling Ridge Blanc should reward patience, and while its very enjoyable now, the best opportunity for a superlative experience will be between 2022-2025. The Clover Pinot Gris bottling is in a lovely space, and I recommend drinking any time.