Farewell, Souris! 33% off Delicious 2012 Pinot

We're shedding a small tear today, as we say goodbye to a long-time favorite Pinot noir. But hey, there's no time to be sad when we can offer the last of Matello Souris 2012 at 33% off!

Beginning to sing already, with many years worth of beautiful drinking ahead of it, this is a deal to act on, and quickly. The supply will outpace the demand, and we apologize ahead of time for what we expect to be a rapid sell through.  

Save 33% -- limited!!

Matello Souris Pinot noir 2012

$27.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($41.95 regular) 

Souris was Matello's selection of the best barrels in the cellar, combining a handful of beautiful vineyard sites into one harmonious, cellar-worthy Pinot noir. 2012 was the final vintage of Souris; what an incredible swan song. Open in aroma and texture, packed with delectable fruit, Souris is a wine of harmony and exquisite balance. Flavorful, sweet tannins add length, mingling with the savory complexities from whole cluster fermentation. You'll be so happy to have this in your glass now or in your cellar a handful of years from now. - Marcus

93 points Vinous, Josh Raynolds: "Heady, complex scents of fresh red and dark berries, incense and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Intense black raspberry and spicecake flavors convey a shapely, seamless quality. Fleshes out and deepens with aeration and finishes sweet and extremely long, with lingering smokiness and harmonious tannins."

Doors close, windows open, right? While we bid farewell to Souris we welcome many more fantastic wines from Marcus Goodfellow, whose Matello and Goodfellow Family Cellars labels are mainstays for us. Check out his Whistling Ridge Pinot noir and Reserve Pinot gris!

Goodfellow Family Cellars Whistling Ridge Pinot noir 2014

$35.05 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($38.95 regular) 

We've now tasted Goodfellow's Whistling Ridge 2014 a half-dozen times and are convinced its entering the "showy" window. Decidedly on the elegant and ethereal side of Ribbon Ridge, there's still no taming the exuberant fruit of the vintage. Deeply yet subtly spiced, with complexities gained from whole cluster fermentation and nearly 25 year-old dry-farmed vines, this red and black fruited beauty also features lovely mineral elements in the aromas and finish.

Whistling Ridge Vineyard's 15 acres date back to 1990, when Richard Alvord and Patricia Gustafson planted Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot gris in the very shallow marine sedimentary soils on Ribbon Ridge. Named after the persistent evening breeze that arrives every afternoon through the late summer and fall, these influences provide Goodfellow Family Cellars with their most complex, structured, and savory fruit.

It can be tough to label Goodfellow. Neither a newcomer nor a pioneer, yet he wears both hats with aplomb: he's not a part of the "old guard" of Oregon winemakers but his wisdom and thoughtfulness are second to none. We love tasting with him and sending customers to the winery -- he's as gifted at explaining intricacies of wine as he is making it.

I once asked him about the vineyards he works with typical eloquence, he came up with this football-based analogy: "It's my Cam Chancellor, the quiet guy who puts the Boom in the Legion of Boom. Whistling Ridge Vineyard is directly above and beside two of Oregon's heavy hitter vineyards, sharing property lines with the Beaux Freres vineyard and Patricia Green Cellars Estate vineyard. It's one of Oregon's greatest white wine sites, and the Pinot Noir is both elegant and structurally powerful."  

Goodfellow Family Cellars Clover Reserve Pinot gris 2015

$17.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($19.95 regular) 

Magical Pinot gris is the only way to say it. One of the literal handful of exceptional Oregon gris's. Rich and honeyed, yet super racy. Texturally brilliant, yet light and refreshing.

Ready to have your perceptions of Pinot gris shattered? I was. I've sort of given up on Oregon Pinot gris for home drinking -- it rarely has the acidity I crave and all to often adds a touch of sweetness that doesn't suit my tastes. Enter Goodfellow Family Cellars Clover, a Reserve Pinot gris that is treated like a reserve wine, right down to the extended barrel aging (all neutral oak). Depth, texture, fantastic freshness. 

Am I surprised that a wine like this came from Marcus Goodfellow? Not at all. He's one of the most dynamic winemakers in the Willamette Valley, if not on the West Coast. Marcus's full range of Pinot noirs continue to stun us, as does his Richard's Cuvee Chardonnay (one of Oregon's best Chardonnays, period). No doubt the new winery has helped increase quality, but Marcus has had the vision and talent all along. I want to give him some Pinotage, quite possibly the world's most maligned grape varietal, to see if he can make it good. Something tells me he could.

We're looking forward to helping you with an order. Thank you for reading and for your support!