Marcus has some good notes on most of his vintages that you can reference when making decisions: Vintages — Goodfellow Family Cellars
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I agree with Scott 100%. In part, we agree that the whites are best while they still retain some of the freshness of youth. They can age longer, but that is not my preference. For the reds, I’ve often found them similar to how Nebbiolo behaves: approachable on release, then shut down hard, then slower re-emerge some years later. They benefit from long decants (2-8 hours). And I’ve yet to have one that was “fully mature.” Of course, the lower tier, middle tier, and top tier wines will all behave accordingly. So yeah, like Nebbiolo.
Some good information above. I tend to think the different vineyards evolve at a slightly different pace. Typically:
Durant and Dundee Hills bottlings are a bit more approachable due to the deeper soils. The Chardonnays are really lovely, early and again from 6-7 years in bottle on. I agree with Chris that I like them with some freshness, but there is often a good window at 9-10 years where the wines seem to brighten up and go back to showing more acidity vibrancy.
The Pinot Noirs have an early window, but with tannic structure under the fruit. Dinner wines for sure, and then they really get going around 7-8 years in the cellar.
Fir Crest Pinot Noirs seem similar to Durant but often can be very tasty with just 4-5 years in bottle.
Temperance Hill is a much more powerful and structured vineyard. But the 2017s are already evolving into a nice window, though still very youthful. I’d make sure to hold a bottle into the second decade though. The Chardonnays are new to us, but have plenty of power and I would guess will easily live 10 years.
Whistling Ridge-the most elegant and most structured of the vineyards. In typical vintages, the wines have a nice early window, though they are definitely food wines. They often want a day or two to open up, and decanting often just shuts them down completely.
While they often can be beautiful around 7-8 years, I think 10 is the magic number for typical vintages, and a few more than that is often worthwhile for small crop denser vintages(2008, 2010).
Chardonnays here depend upon your preference but there is usually a shut down spot 3-5 years in that seems a bit flat. Thatms the only thing to avoid.
Typically cuvees that have a bit of press wine, like the WV and AVA bottlings, will evolve sooner. The WV usually drinks well 2-3 years after bottling.
Don’t sleep on sitting on the Pinot Gris for a year or 4, and open the field blend whenever you like. It’s a lovely wine at 10 years but very few bottles survive that long.
This is all very general. I do recommend checking this thread and CT as well. Plus our vintages page or just email me.
Thank you for the detailed guidance!
Last night we had some friends over. I opened a 2020 Willamette Valley chardonnay and a 2016 Whistling Ridge pinot noir (a BD14 pickup) amongst several other bottles. Both were terrific.
Marcus mentioned the WR 2016s are in a really nice spot and he wasn’t lying. It was so good. Everyone loved it.
Chardonnay-wise, my friends had limited experience with anything outside of grocery store California chard. The 2020 WV was a wonderful example of what affordable Oregon chardonnay can be. It was lean and crisp and delicious. Though, I have to say, on day 2 it’s put on some weight and is even better (IMHO).
More of the 2019 Goodfellow Chardonnays. This time with the Durant and Temperance Hill cuvees:
A touch richer than the '19 Whistling Ridge tasted a couple of days ago. Mandarin oil, fennel, hazelnut. A textural and gastronomic wine with real weight on the palate. Marcus aptly put it, ‘very much in the key of Meursault’
Minerality and non-fruit aromas and flavours take centre stage here. A much more prominent reduction. Gun flint, steel swarf, saline spay give way to tart citrus, and fresh garden herbs. Taut and incredibly tense as if a rubber band was stretched to edge of just before snapping. I love nervy wines likes these.
Was this the Berserker Cuvee or the regular bottling?
Normal cuvee. I still have the Berserker cuvee and Richard’s to taste through.
@Marcus_Goodfellow, I’m sure it’s been answered elsewhere in the forum before, but I couldn’t seem to find it, what are the differences between the two Temperance Hill cuvees?
Here’s what he sent me about the difference:
Just had my first ever Goodfellow. 2015 Syrah Reserve Deux Vert. Young but excellent. Very impressed.