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


A warm growing season got turned on it's head when a tropical storm far away in the Pacific dumped 6-7 inches of rain on the Valley just as fruit was getting ripe. After an intense 3 days of rain, the weather was clear and cold. Most fruit had 8-17 days to dry out before being picked, and while the wines show the impact of the rain, they are beautiful and among my favorites to drink (not unlike 2007). Hold them for now or decant. In particular, the Whistling Ridge and Bishop Creek bottlings are lovely with a long decant but only getting better, if you can wait until 2020-2023 these will be a treat. The Willamette Valley bottling is a wine that I think will really peak between 7-10 years.

The Fool's Journey Syrah/Viognier (still bottled under the Matello label) shows beautiful aromatics with air, but I recommend continuing to hold this until 2020.

Whites are stony and mineral in nature, but I recommend drinking them over the next 3-5 years. Whistling Ridge Blanc can go another decade.

*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. However, you will find Diam cork as our closure of choice beginning with the 2013 vintage red wines. Guaranteed TCA free and with a more consistent density, Diam is a huge improvement over traditional cork and I am really happy to be using it now.*