In the most technical of wine terms, holy crap this is good. Outstanding Oregon Pinot for the dollar, this wine over delivers then backs the truck up and delivers some more. Marcus's magic with whole cluster fermentation shines here, showing up as a complex fabric of savory and spicy threads to complement the elegant red fruits.
To love this wine is to love the style of Marcus Goodfellow, whose Matello (and now, Goodfellow) wines have been favorites of ours for many years. His wines are as enjoyable as they are intellectual, beguiling you and refreshing you in equal doses. Made from great vineyards - Whistling Ridge, Durant, Temperance Hill, Fir Crest - aged 20 months, which is entirely unusual for a wine of this humble price, because that's just the way Goodfellow rolls.
From Goodfellow: “Comprised entirely of barrels from our single-vineyard wines. Fruit is all sourced from sustainably farmed, non-irrigated vineyards, with old vines and exceptional character. The 2017 vintage is marked by juicy acidity, transparency of fruit, and enough tannic structure to pair with a variety of savory courses."
2015 vintage notes
92 points Wine Advocate: "...scented of roses, wild thyme and lavender with a core of Bing cherries and warm cranberries plus an earthy/forest floor waft. Light to medium-bodied, the palate provides a wonderful intensity of perfumed red berry flavors with silken tannins and a long earthy finish."