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 vineyard designate Pinot Noirs to be delicious currently. The Fir Crest is in an open place, floral and deep on the nose. The Whistling Ridge, is layered and just a great bottle of wine. The Durant vineyard is a touch more closed, and a 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 that is a touch more austere than the vineyard designates. It should continue to evolve and be best in 3-4 years. 

The Heritage wines:#4 is shut down, and in a phase during which I typically avoid opening bottles. #5 is beautiful, layered and complex, drink or hold. #6 has a firm tannic presence upon opening, and while it softens with air, I would hold onto these bottles for another year or two.

The Syrah is delicious, elegant, with thyme and purple fruits on the nose. I like this now, but the 100% whole cluster will give the wine plenty of opportunity to evolve in the cellar.

Currently, I prefer the Chardonnays on day 2 after opening, but feel they will be best between 2020-2025. The Durant is richer with dense aromatics of the sea, orchards, and wheat/grain fields. The Richard's has an almost oily smoky nose upon opening, but with air and time really evolves into a world class glass of Chardonnay(1-3 hours in a decanter or overnight).  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. Seriously, don't cheat yourself, this is something you should have and be sitting on for a few years.