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


 Another of Oregon's great vintages, the 2008s simply need to continue sleeping. If you have waited this long, what's another 3-4 years? The two wines ready to open now are the 2008 Hommage and the 2008 Winter's Hill Pinot Noirs. Both are beautiful and will live for at least another 5 years, but they are perfectly in balance now. 2008 Whistling Ridge and Souris need 7-8 hours open to show their true quality, but I don't recommend opening them now.

The 2008 Whistling Ridge Blanc is phenomenal right now. Please feel free to pull the cork anytime! The 2008 Carey Creek Riesling is also really lovely, and just getting going. Drink now, or hold for up to another 10 years.

I am completely fascinated by the 2008 Fool's Journey Syrah, after 10 years it is finally in the window. Youthful, complex, it opens with tar, underbrush, and black flavors, then slowly becomes more elegant ranging through an outstanding array of flavors floral, fruit, and herbaceous in nature. Its weighty and chewy in the mouth but not in a "new world" way. Most of all, at 10 years old, it is still a baby but one that's ready to have the cork pulled(or not).


*Under natural cork there is always a distinct amount of bottle variation. As the wines age, this variation becomes more distinct. Regarding the notes here, all wines have been tasted recently, but for all bottles YMMV.*

**This post covers Matello wines**