2015 Goodfellow Family Cellars, Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir, $45
Winery Info: Marcus Goodfellow began making wines under his Matello label in 2002. In 2012 he launched Goodfellow Family Cellars, where he now produces about 4000 cases a year with a goal of crafting wines with Old World intensity and character that are expressive of their terroir. He has long-standing relationships with his growers of older vine fruit who farm sustainably and without irrigation.
Winemaker: Marcus Goodfellow
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard source: Durant, one of the original vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA (planted in 1973). Its iron rich, volcanic Jory soil tends to impart intense flavor and silkiness to the fruit, producing elegant wines with balanced tannins and warmth on the palate.
Flavor profile: 2015 was a warm vintage, but temperatures cooled later in the season, allowing time for the old-vine fruit to develop optimal flavor and fully express the terroir of the vineyard. This Pinot has rich, layered aromas and flavors of dark fruit and spice with soft tannins and food-friendly minerality.
Availability: 205 cases produced. The winery has a few cases left of this vintage.
Drinkability: Drinking well now, it should continue to develop up to about 2025.
Food Pairing: Pan-seared duck with Asian five-spice seasoning, wild mushroom risotto, or salmon with beurre rouge.
2015 Evening Land, Seven Springs Pinot Noir, $39.75
Winery Info: Founded in 2005 by a group of investors, with the much-celebrated Burgundian Dominique Lafon as consulting winemaker. The winery has gone through a number of changes over the years and is now headed by Rajat Parr, James Beard award-winning author and celebrated sommelier, along with highly-acclaimed winemaker Sashi Moorman. They are now sole stewards of Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, considered by many to be one of the top vineyards in the Willamette Valley.
Winemaker: Rajat Parr, Sashi Moorman, and Ben DiCristina
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, Pommard and Wädenswil clones
Vineyard: Seven Springs, in the Eola-Amity Hills with rocky, iron-rich, volcanic soil. Sourced from the vineyard’s oldest own-rooted blocks of Pinot, planted in 1984. Farmed biodynamically since 2007.
Flavor profile: An elegant and expressive Pinot with inviting aromas of black cherry and forest floor, and rich, layered flavors of dark, savory fruit, toast, and a bit of earthiness and spice.
Production/Availability: 3,372 cases produced. It is still in decent supply.
Drinkability: Delicious now, opening up beautifully as it breathes, it should drink well through 2024.
Food Pairing: Enjoy with filet mignon, pork, or grilled salmon. Or anything with wild mushrooms.