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#701 Post by Joe Chanley »

just had a 2019 whistling ridge blanc....polished off in no time

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#702 Post by JDavisRoby »

Opened a 2018 Dundee Chardonnay last night. Shouldn’t open these on a school night. Leads to a second bottle open!
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#703 Post by brigcampbell »

hey Goodfellow fans,

if you open a bottle over the next week David B will donate $10 for a tasting note and his company will match.

I'll be opening a Goodfellow for sure.

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#704 Post by Max S. »

Just popped the 2013 Whistling Ridge and was very happy. It felt so young still. Saved a couple glasses to try tomorrow and day after. Feel like it'll still be kicking then.
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#705 Post by JDavisRoby »

Has anyone ever looked at the possibility of merging Goodfellow and Matello on CellarTracker? Pax and Wind Gap are that way...when I search my CT for Pax the Wind Gap wines are displayed as well. Now that I’ve accumulated a few Matello wines was curious.

Marcus may not want that and it isn’t a big deal. Just thought I’d ask.
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#706 Post by ABell »

opened my first 18 RR Chardonnay. Killer stuff. Needs 2 hours in a decanter to fully come around but this has ripe citrus, flint, crushed walnuts, fresh cream, sea spray, a touch of asian pear, and a hint of spices. Palate is similar to the nose with maybe a touch more exotic fruit but super chiseled. finishes long. Everything is in sync. drank best at 55. This has me very excited for the 18 SVDs.
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#707 Post by Sh@n A »

JDavisRoby wrote: December 19th, 2020, 8:59 am Has anyone ever looked at the possibility of merging Goodfellow and Matello on CellarTracker?
Q: What is Matello?

A: These days Marcus bottles everything under the Goodfellow label; Matello has been retired.

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#708 Post by JDavisRoby »

Sh@n A wrote: December 19th, 2020, 9:22 pm
JDavisRoby wrote: December 19th, 2020, 8:59 am Has anyone ever looked at the possibility of merging Goodfellow and Matello on CellarTracker?
Q: What is Matello?

A: These days Marcus bottles everything under the Goodfellow label; Matello has been retired.

(answered my own question)
Yes, Matello is no longer active. However, he recently released to the mailing list a library release of Matello wines. As I was checking those in it prompted my thought. Again, it is not a big deal. I was just curious. And, more than anything more a question of how CT handled things like this.

i.e. Thomas Rivers Brown is involved in a bunch of projects but I don’t think I’d expect to see them all pull up when I searched Rivers Marie. But, Goodfellow, Pax seemed different. Maybe they aren’t.
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#709 Post by Sean_S »

2015 Durant Chardonnay -- Tightly wound, Really good if you like some intense flint on the nose and palate. I'm putting half the bottle away to taste tomorrow after it has a chance to open up. Taste like Mersault to me.
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#710 Post by ChrisJames »

2015 Richard's Cuvee - What more can be said about this great wine that hasn't already been said? Flinty, like the Durant. Both luscious and focused. Still full of fruit if you like them young. Starting to show autumn textures if you like them aged. It's in a perfect place for me. In the field of top-end OR (world?) Chardonnay, this is an outstanding value.

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#711 Post by Michael R Fox »

Christmas was good today! Special thanks to Marcus and Megan for the first class customer service which allowed these to get here by Christmas time. Suggestion on which Pinot is drinking best now? Going to be hard to keep hands off at least one of these.
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Michael R Fox wrote: December 25th, 2020, 1:35 pm Christmas was good today! Special thanks to Marcus and Megan for the first class customer service which allowed these to get here by Christmas time. Suggestion on which Pinot is drinking best now? Going to be hard to keep hands off at least one of these.
The Lewman is amazing and the only one I'd consider for drinking now, with the Durant next in line. But they will all be better in five years.

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#713 Post by Al Osterheld »

I haven't opened the Heritage or the Pumphouse, but of the 2018 Lewman, Durant, and regular Temperance Hill, the Lewman was the most open. All three lovely, though.

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#714 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

Michael R Fox wrote: December 25th, 2020, 1:35 pm Christmas was good today! Special thanks to Marcus and Megan for the first class customer service which allowed these to get here by Christmas time. Suggestion on which Pinot is drinking best now? Going to be hard to keep hands off at least one of these.
I agree re: Lewman. Drink a single glass, then recork and save the rest for day 2. Your patience will be rewarded.
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#715 Post by ChrisJames »

Celebrating Winter Solstice with a 2016 Whistling Ridge Blanc. What better way to celebrate past and future bounty from nature than with a field blend?

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#716 Post by ChrisJames »

I think Goodfellow fans will really enjoy this great video interview with Patricia Gustafson, wife of Richard (namesake of Richard's Cuvee)and co-owner/farmer of Whistling Ridge Vineyard.

https://oregonwinehistoryarchive.org/in ... gustafson/

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#717 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Anyone have a WA subscription? Marcus just messaged me that they released their Oregon scores and he’s been slammed with calls/emails. I mentioned to him earlier this fall I’d want to order more 2018 Lewman and Old Vine Pommard when BD happens, so putting my order in now.
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#718 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

The 2010 Whistling Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is just stunning. Note posted separately.
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#719 Post by Sh@n A »

Vintage Wine Name Maturity Color Rating

2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Heritage No. 14 Lewman Vineyard
Young
97
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Old Vine Pommard Lewman Vineyard
Early
96
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Block Eight Fir Crest
Young
95+
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Richard's Cuvée Whistling Ridge Vineyard
Early
95
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard
Early
95
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Heritage No. 11 Durant
Early
95
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Pumphouse Block Temperance Hill
Young
94+
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Fir Crest Vineyard
Early
94
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Heritage No. 12 Whistling Ridge
Early
94
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Temperance Hill
Early
94
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Upper Bench Temperance Hill
Early
94
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Ribbon Ridge
Early
93
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Whistling Ridge
Early
93
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Beloved Acre Whistling Ridge
Early
93
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Lewman Vineyard
Early
93
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge House Block
Early
93
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Long Acre
Early
93
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard
Early
93
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Dundee Hills
Early
92+
RP
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2019
Goodfellow Family Cellars Riesling Whistling Ridge
Early
92
RP
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2018
Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Early
92
RP
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2019
Goodfellow Family Cellars Whistling Ridge Blanc
Early
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#720 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Thanks!
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#721 Post by JDavisRoby »

I haven’t seen scores for Marcus’ wine in the past. Are these quite a bit higher?
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#722 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

JDavisRoby wrote: December 30th, 2020, 4:33 pm I haven’t seen scores for Marcus’ wine in the past. Are these quite a bit higher?
I haven't either. Josh Raynolds reviewed some of the 2018s as well and gave them good scores, most of the SV pinot noirs were in the 93-95 range.
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#723 Post by Tom G l a s g o w »

Oh well, missed that train.

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Tom G l a s g o w wrote: December 30th, 2020, 5:23 pm Oh well, missed that train.
I doubt it. His following is still growing and demonstrably doesn't receive the "influencer" buzz that other Oregon producers receive on this Board or elsewhere. Not many have tired the 2018 WR Heritage #12 (which I think is his best pinot I have tried of his, and I picked up a bunch... I think its comparable or better to a few village burgs for a lower price, although in a redder/riper style) and "only" a 94 on Vinous and TWA so there will be a lot to go around. The Lewman Heritage #14 was scored the same 94 on Vinous so doesn't have that unequivocal buzz either (I own this as well and agree with the TWA note that it will benefit from a lot of time). Many even preferred the Lewman non-heritage over the heritage (and the seems like TWA nearly agreed, especially given the lower price).

Reach out to Marcus Goodfellow <marcus@goodfellowfamilycellars.com> and tell him what you want to hold back and I'm sure he will work out something. Or ask him what will be held back for berserker Day where he is a participant in past.
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#725 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Sh@n A wrote: December 30th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Tom G l a s g o w wrote: December 30th, 2020, 5:23 pm Oh well, missed that train.
I doubt it. His following is still growing and demonstrably doesn't receive the "influencer" buzz that other Oregon producers receive on this Board or elsewhere. Not many have tired the 2018 WR Heritage #12 (which I think is his best pinot I have tried of his, and I picked up a bunch... I think its comparable or better to a few village burgs for a lower price, although in a redder/riper style) and "only" a 94 on Vinous and TWA so there will be a lot to go around. The Lewman Heritage #14 was scored the same 94 on Vinous so doesn't have that unequivocal buzz either (I own this as well and agree with the TWA note that it will benefit from a lot of time). Many even preferred the Lewman non-heritage over the heritage (and the seems like TWA nearly agreed, especially given the lower price).

Reach out to Marcus Goodfellow <marcus@goodfellowfamilycellars.com> and tell him what you want to hold back and I'm sure he will work out something. Or ask him what will be held back for berserker Day where he is a participant in past.
I haven’t opened my Lewman Heritage bottles yet, but have had both the regular Lewman and Old Vine Pommard and both were fabulous and surprisingly open this young, especially the latter. Loading up on more of each.
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JDavisRoby wrote: December 30th, 2020, 4:33 pm I haven’t seen scores for Marcus’ wine in the past. Are these quite a bit higher?
Hi Josh,

The 97 is a first. Josh Raynolds scored the 2017 Heritage No. 10 at 96. But we’ve seen 91-95 scores for a number of years now. I do feel that we’ve continued to improve our work, both in the cellar and farming over the years but even back in the early years with Matello we had scores around 90-92 typically. There have been occasional aberrations but mostly we see low to mid-90s scores.

I really appreciate the success our wines had this year with both Josh Reynolds at Vinous and Erin Brooks at the Wine Advocate, and would put the bump up in our scores to dialing in some farming choices and adding Temperance Hill and Lewman vineyards. Both are tremendous sites.
Also to having our wines reviewed by tasters who have come to know them over several years(or in Josh Raynolds case, at least a decade). Our wines are not really the prototypical new world style, and I really appreciate the time Erin and Josh spend with the wines.
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#727 Post by Tom G l a s g o w »

Marcus Goodfellow wrote: December 30th, 2020, 6:11 pm
JDavisRoby wrote: December 30th, 2020, 4:33 pm I haven’t seen scores for Marcus’ wine in the past. Are these quite a bit higher?
Hi Josh,

The 97 is a first. Josh Raynolds scored the 2017 Heritage No. 10 at 96. But we’ve seen 91-95 scores for a number of years now. I do feel that we’ve continued to improve our work, both in the cellar and farming over the years but even back in the early years with Matello we had scores around 90-92 typically. There have been occasional aberrations but mostly we see low to mid-90s scores.

I really appreciate the success our wines had this year with both Josh Reynolds at Vinous and Erin Brooks at the Wine Advocate, and would put the bump up in our scores to dialing in some farming choices and adding Temperance Hill and Lewman vineyards. Both are tremendous sites.
Also to having our wines reviewed by tasters who have come to know them over several years(or in Josh Raynolds case, at least a decade). Our wines are not really the prototypical new world style, and I really appreciate the time Erin and Josh spend with the wines.
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Tom G l a s g o w wrote: December 30th, 2020, 5:23 pm Oh well, missed that train.
Lol...probably not. I am guessing my pants will go on tomorrow just the same as today. There are a few offers heading out tomorrow from Avalon and Oregon Pinot Noir Club, plus Vinopolis is getting some of these wines in.

Most of all, I appreciate that you prefer Megan’s posts, so if you want something just email or pm me.

Also Berserkers are generally at the front of the queue for us.

Edit-the probably not is in response to the quote about missing the train. We do have wine still. I hold back a bit for Berserkers.
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#729 Post by Marcus Goodfellow »

As was just pointed out to me, I should note that we do have 2018 wines(as well as a wee bit of the 2017 Heritage No. 10). Feel free to email me(especially if you have not had the Fir Crest wines). Also, if you haven’t had the Dundee Hills Chardonnay or the Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay-both of which are tough to beat at $30.
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#730 Post by Dave H. »

Awesome scores. Congratulations on the continued validation on all the hard work. I know you don’t make wines for points all but I imagine it’s cool to see tasters loving what you’re going for. Always loved Goodfellow bottles and look forward to continue to taste more widely. [cheers.gif]
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#731 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Reposting my note from earlier this month on the 2018 Lewman Old Vine Pommard Pinot Noir below. Obviously I’m getting more [cheers.gif]

Poured in a Grassl Cru glass, no decant.

Marcus knocked this one out of the park. Complex perfume of dried blackberry, raspberry, cherry cola, tea leaves, creme de violette, and rose petals with smoky minerality, black pepper, and baking spices wafting from the glass when coaxed with some air. On the palate the wine is expansive, with a purity of tart black and red fruits supported by silky tannins and bright acidity. There is an impressively long finish of black cherry, raspberry, mocha, black pepper, and a touch of smoke.

With no decant this wine is surprisingly open for early drinking pleasure, but I’m sure it has a long life ahead of it.
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Marcus Goodfellow wrote: December 30th, 2020, 6:11 pm
JDavisRoby wrote: December 30th, 2020, 4:33 pm I haven’t seen scores for Marcus’ wine in the past. Are these quite a bit higher?
Hi Josh,

The 97 is a first. Josh Raynolds scored the 2017 Heritage No. 10 at 96. But we’ve seen 91-95 scores for a number of years now. I do feel that we’ve continued to improve our work, both in the cellar and farming over the years but even back in the early years with Matello we had scores around 90-92 typically. There have been occasional aberrations but mostly we see low to mid-90s scores.

I really appreciate the success our wines had this year with both Josh Reynolds at Vinous and Erin Brooks at the Wine Advocate, and would put the bump up in our scores to dialing in some farming choices and adding Temperance Hill and Lewman vineyards. Both are tremendous sites.
Also to having our wines reviewed by tasters who have come to know them over several years(or in Josh Raynolds case, at least a decade). Our wines are not really the prototypical new world style, and I really appreciate the time Erin and Josh spend with the wines.
Thanks Marcus. I don’t subscribe to the services (just dropped Dunnuck but never did others) so I didn’t know that history.

Congrats to you and your team for the recognition of your hard work. Glad to know others will now see what many of us here have come to enjoy!
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#733 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

Marcus Goodfellow wrote: December 30th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Tom G l a s g o w wrote: December 30th, 2020, 5:23 pm Oh well, missed that train.
Lol...probably not. I am guessing my pants will go on tomorrow just the same as today...
Except, once your pants are on, you make kick ass wine.

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#734 Post by Al Osterheld »

Marcus Goodfellow wrote: December 30th, 2020, 6:47 pm As was just pointed out to me, I should note that we do have 2018 wines(as well as a wee bit of the 2017 Heritage No. 10). Feel free to email me(especially if you have not had the Fir Crest wines). Also, if you haven’t had the Dundee Hills Chardonnay or the Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay-both of which are tough to beat at $30.
I'm one of many, I'm sure, who can agree that the 2018 Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge Chardonnays are very nice wines at silly good prices. Not that the others aren't, as well.

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#735 Post by Marcus Goodfellow »

Dave H. wrote: December 30th, 2020, 6:52 pm Awesome scores. Congratulations on the continued validation on all the hard work. I know you don’t make wines for points all but I imagine it’s cool to see tasters loving what you’re going for. Always loved Goodfellow bottles and look forward to continue to taste more widely. [cheers.gif]
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Thank you!

It is very rewarding to see reviewers really liking the wines. We always kind of fell towards the AFWE end of the spectrum. Not really anti-flavor, but not seeking extraction. Ebracing tannins and acids, and letting the fruit be transparent rather than dense.

Every vintage you start from the very beginning again, just a bit more knowledgeable. So I won’t carry this very long but it’s really nice to enjoy it tonight.
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#736 Post by MitchTallan »

This was inevitable but I am very happy for Marcus and Megan.
You see, there are some winemakers who are so down to earth, so generous with their time and on top of that, they really reach out mentally to connect with the customer/visitor, and they are rare. Marcus is one of them.
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Congrats Marcus and Megan!

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#738 Post by B Rottinghaus »

Very well deserved and congrats Marcus and Megan!
I’ve had the lewman pommard and the temperance pumphouse block and both are worthy of the scores!

The 2017 whistling ridge heritage was one of the most impressive wines I had this year.
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#739 Post by S t e p h e nK »

Congratulations Marcus and Megan! Well deserved and some of the best in the business. The quality of wine still doesn’t match the quality of people Marcus and Megan are. I will say I tried the 18 Beloved Acre in a to-go tasting and it is hauntingly good. I will be making that part of my next order.
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#740 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

S t e p h e nK wrote: December 31st, 2020, 9:53 am Congratulations Marcus and Megan! Well deserved and some of the best in the business. The quality of wine still doesn’t match the quality of people Marcus and Megan are. I will say I tried the 18 Beloved Acre in a to-go tasting and it is hauntingly good. I will be making that part of my next order.
I have this exact bottle on the counter to open later this evening. Now I'm excited :)
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#741 Post by Marcus Goodfellow »

Thank you! And Happy New Year!

(Brian, the Beloved Acre should be great tomorrow!)
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#742 Post by Max S. »

We drank the 2018 Old Vine Pommard and it was killer. Pretty sure my family drank a full 3 pack I got them for Christmas and they loved it!
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#743 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Max S. wrote: January 1st, 2021, 8:22 am We drank the 2018 Old Vine Pommard and it was killer. Pretty sure my family drank a full 3 pack I got them for Christmas and they loved it!
The Old Vine Pommard is one of my favorite of the 2018s I've had thus far.

Opened the 2018 Beloved Acre last night. Limpid ruby. Pungent nose of dark cherries, sous bois, wet stones, and baking spices. The palate has delicate yet expressive dried cherry, cranberry, and spicecake notes, lifted by refreshing acidity and polished silky tannins, and a savory lingering finish. Only had a glass last night, will see how it is again today.
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Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 1st, 2021, 8:29 am The Old Vine Pommard is one of my favorite of the 2018s I've had thus far.
I have a feeling some of the other bottles will overtake it as favorites in the long run, but for early drinking this and the WV PN are definitely my favorites at the moment.
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#745 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Max S. wrote: January 1st, 2021, 8:59 am
Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 1st, 2021, 8:29 am The Old Vine Pommard is one of my favorite of the 2018s I've had thus far.
I have a feeling some of the other bottles will overtake it as favorites in the long run, but for early drinking this and the WV PN are definitely my favorites at the moment.
You're probably right. I haven't opened any of the 2018 Heritage wines I've purchased simply because Marcus mentioned they are the ones that will do best with age. Wasn't too keen on infanticide :)
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#746 Post by Max S. »

Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 1st, 2021, 9:01 am
Max S. wrote: January 1st, 2021, 8:59 am
Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 1st, 2021, 8:29 am The Old Vine Pommard is one of my favorite of the 2018s I've had thus far.
I have a feeling some of the other bottles will overtake it as favorites in the long run, but for early drinking this and the WV PN are definitely my favorites at the moment.
You're probably right. I haven't opened any of the 2018 Heritage wines I've purchased simply because Marcus mentioned they are the ones that will do best with age. Wasn't too keen on infanticide :)
Yea I'm actively doing my best to stay away from them. I've been trying to stay away from all of them to give them at least a couple more years in bottle, but I can't do it. Averaging 1 per month now - will be out by next year haha
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Wow what a treat on Christmas Eve. Wish I had David’s ability to write tasting notes. Perhaps a touch more ripe than more recent vintages but this wine was singing! 8 hour decant and enjoyed over four hours. Congratulations Marcus on the recent accolades. [worship.gif]

Then last night we enjoyed the 09 Lazarus along side 09 PGC Notorious. Talk about two great wines so different from one another (the PGC sees 100% new oak). The PGC was more primary but absorbed the oak. The Lazarus was just so special and showing so well. Full of secondary flavors, layers, beautiful aromas of fall - on a plateau that will likely hold for a longtime.

The 09Souris was awesome and showing much younger partly I imagine due to the bottle being a 1.5 [cheers.gif]

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#748 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Nice notes Bill.

What's the difference between Souris and Lazarus?
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#749 Post by Bill Mauger »

Brian,

I believe the Lazarus is composed of grapes from several different vineyards and is somewhat similar to WV bottling. The Souris is composed of a selection of the best barrels I believe the 09 was from WR, Durant and Bishops Creek. I believe the Souris was supposed to be the best bottling back in the day.

As Marcus’s style has evolved - the focus on site specific wines has come into a wonderful place. The Souris was fun to sample with the PGC from the same year (a week apart) as the Notorious bottling is also a selection of some of the best barrels from a variety of vineyards.

Count me as a fan of the site specific focus of both wineries now!

Marcus can correct me if my info is suspect😉

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#750 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

2013 Goodfellow Whistling Ridge

In anticipation of Dryuary, I wanted to open a nice bottle and follow it over three days (12/23-25). Marcus suggested the 2013 WR was, with air, approaching its drinking window.

Day 1
Popped and poured 1 ounce. Tasted at 63 degrees in my passive cellar/basement.

Initial impressions: taut and tart, with loads of acid on the back end. Red raspberry and a wisp of funk on the decidedly light nose. On the palate, medium-minus in weight, but medium in intensity of flavor. A touch of alcohol peeks through on the finish.

I poured a full glass, and could tell the nose is already bigger, as if that first ounce needed to step aside to let the wine unfurl. I let the wine sit in the glass for an hour before tasting. Now I get black cherry with a bit of sour cherry. The front- and mid-palate are medium-bodied and soft. The finish is playing second fiddle. Not that the finish is short, but it tapers off quickly into an echo, as opposed to a decrescendo.

Bottle recorked and left on the basement floor.

Day 2
Bottle temp at 61 degrees. Everything from Day 1 is still present, just taken up a notch. The nose is stronger and predominantly black cherry, with a hint of herbs and spices (thyme, dry mustard, oregano, maybe nutmeg). The mouthfeel has a cooling effect that I really love. It gives a sense of lightness without sacrificing flavor or being perceived as thin. The finish caught up to everything else, with a faint grip of tannin in the throat.

I grabbed a handful of peanuts to see how it would respond with food. The tannins intensified a little, otherwise everything stayed the same. But really, I’d much rather nurse the glass all by itself.

Tasted blind I could probably guess Oregon, but in my limited experience it also reminded me of somewhere in the Cote de Nuits — perhaps Nuits St. Georges?

Day 3
Bottle temp at 60 degrees. Nose of cranberry and a very faint touch of coffee or black tea. There’s an overall darker tone on the palate; even the tannins are a bit huskier and further down the throat. The finish darts in and out; sometimes it is long, and sometimes it drops off the table. The acid is still going strong.

As it warms up, the wine continues to pick up weight and intensity. Medium-bodied on the palate and medium-plus in flavor. The finish stabilizes. As with Day 2, I prefer to sip this on its own. In fact, the last sip was the best of the bottle!

Overall Impressions
This is a wine that can and should be followed over multiple days. Don't just pop and pour.

If you drink this with food, stay on the lighter side, both in protein and spice level. Think baked chicken thighs with green beans amandine, or roast pork loin with pan-seared mushrooms. Things without a lot of sauce. But, in my opinion, this wine is best sipped and savored on its own.
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