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


2016 as a vintage, is extraordinarily pretty, balanced, and delicious. It has been a while since I liked a vintage so uniformly through the wines, and at such a high level. While the wines are still definitely primary and somewhat bound up, they are also simply delicious anyway. With a little air these wines become quite compelling aromatically, as well as weightless and juicy, with a nice astringency from very fine tannins. Whistling Ridge is textbook, Durant is perhaps the finest we have seen from the vineyard, and the Fir Crest is easily my favorite version of that vineyard.

The Heritage wines: #7 from Whistling Ridge is the equal or perhaps a bit finer than the #4 was from 2015. The #8 from Durant vineyard is well worth tasting now, especially if one has the willpower to taste it over 3-4 days.

The 2016 Chardonnays are clean, complex, elegant, and world class. Best in 4-5, I still would recommend opening one in the near term.