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The 2010 Fool's Journey has slowly evolved into a beautifully feminine wine (yes, I am talking about Syrah!). Floral up front-violets and elder flowers, the underlying layers slowly well up, mulberry, marion berry, and blueberry dominate. Hints of basil, white pepper, and earth lurk faintly in the background awaiting their turn, but for now this is supple and pretty from front to back. 100 cases made. - Marcus G.

90% Syrah and 10% Viognier from the Deux Vert Vineyard, fermented together. Viognier adds layers of white violet perfume to the Syrah's black cherry and black currant flavors. The dusty red Jory soil of the vineyard teases through with a dark note of smoky bacon. The intensity of the Viognier's white flower contribution adds an exotic quality to a wine that has Marcus's distinct style.

2009 Vintage

Only 80 cases made. Matello owner and winemaker Marcus Goodfellow was affectionately called a "little fool" by friends when he decided to start making wine. He celebrates his nickname with this Fools Journey Syrah/Viognier blend.

Marcus adds more than a bit of Viognier (17%) to this Northern Rhone style wine. It was a warm summer and the wine reflects it - almost black color, intense nose, flavors, and finish, with Viognier's trademark violets and jasmine scent - and a hint of anise as well. Flavors are of big jammy blueberry and huckleberry fruit with a touch more perfume. A smoky, meaty bacon fat finish is tinged with dark roasted ground coffee and spice.

The grapes come from the Deux Vert Vineyard from vines the owners call "oldest plantings of viognier and syrah in the county, if not the state." Marcus use the vintage and the old vine fruit to great effect in this wower of a big red.

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