2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Temperance Hill- USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills (3/17/2021)
Initial notes of hoofs and strawberry very quickly give way to crimson fruit in decanter. Maybe some rhubarb? High strung, chalky and grippy, yet light and ethereal. Acid deftly interplayed. Earthy in as much as if you ever chewed on clovers when you were a kid and got that nice mix of tartness with herbal note, this has a bit of that going on. I know a lot of people say Goodfellows PN’s are old world, but there’s something else about these. This wine could not have been made in CA, or maybe anywhere else. I can’t explain it, but it’s not old world nor new world. Anyway, I could drink this all day. A wine for wine lovers. (92 pts.)
John, we put together that package so that people could try the wines and not be punished too harshly for opening them now.
All of these drink well in the early window we’re in, with some youthful tension and tannins. The 2018 Durant and Lewman both just need a few hours to open up and show off the beauty of the vintage. 2018s can be very lively, layered, and fresh.
The Chardonnays are both in a good place to check in as well, so you should feel free to open any of the wines we sent.
Popped, decanted, poured off a glass. Immediately, a bit of funk on the nose which blew off then clean red crunchy fruits, with a bit more fruit on the palate which was present yet reticent initially then went into hibernation. My wife commented on the beautiful color and nose and said there was a disconnect in the palate. I think it just needs time. After a couple hours in the decanter there was more there but it hadn’t quite hit its stride. I think a couple years would benefit this but I really like it. Again, clearly not burgundy or CA.