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Souris is Matello's selection of the best barrels in the cellar, combining a handful of beautiful vineyard sites into one harmonious, cellar-worthy Pinot noir. 2012 is the final vintage of Souris; what an incredible swan song. More open in flavor and texture than the Durant, packed with delectable fruit. Souris is a wine of harmony and exquisite balance. Flavorful, sweet tannins add length, mingling with the savory complexities from whole cluster fermentation. You'll be so happy to have this is your cellar a handful of years from now. - Marcus

2011 notes: tightly wound and with a bit of air, unfurls to show crushed red fruit and complex spices. This will be gorgeous in 3-5 years. - Marcus

2010 vintage - Tanzer 93 Points: Vivid red. Heady, seductively perfumed bouquet melds candied red fruits, Asian spices, black tea and cola. Powerful yet lithe, offering sweet black raspberry and spicecake flavors that put on weight with air. Shows excellent clarity on the finish, which features gently chewy tannins and a late jolt of candied rose. By all means decant this one if you insist on drinking it now or anytime soon. - Josh Raynolds

Incredible. I don't how how winemaker Marcus Goodfellow packed so much into this wine, it's so expansive and alive. There's so much much fruit intensity packed in, without it being big and fruity, the result of cooler, slower fermentations. A peacock fan of fruit - red and black cherry, fresh and dried wild berry - meshes with elements of dried rose, citrus and resin, building structure and maintaining elegance. I recommend stashing this for 2-4 years to fully gain the speechless experience.

The 2010 Souris is Marcus's best Pinot noir, blended from the eight best barrels: four from the Whistling Ridge Vineyard, two from the Durant Vineyard and two from the Bishop Creek Vineyard. Marcus believes this is one of the top 2-3 pinots he has ever produced! He says: "rich red fruit layered with exotic spices with a wonderful balance of acidity and tannins."

below, Marcus Goodfellow in front of his winery

Matello Winery - marcus Goodfellow

2009 Vintage

2009 Wine Advocate - 91 points - The 2009 Pinot Noir Souris is a two vineyard blend fermented with native yeasts and aged for 18 months in used barrels. It is a forward, easy-going wine with an attractive spicy perfume, savory red fruit flavors, and an elegant personality. It has good depth and concentration for the vintage and will provide prime drinking over the next 6-7 years. - Jay Miller

The 09 Souris has a lovely complex nose of deep cherry, pomegranate, sweet brown spice, overtones of bittersweet cocoa and underbrush. The nose is very pure but definitely restrained at this point. The palate is a rush into the mouth of sweet forward fruit quickly corralled by a trio of tannin, acid, and a hint of bitter botanicals, which together create a complex intense palate impression. - the winemaker

2008 Vintage

This is a top 20 wine of the 2008 vintage for me - easy. Souris 08 expands as soon as the first aroma hits your senses. It's like winemaker Marcus Goodfellow had one of those hologram touch screens in the movies where someone grabs a small image, then takes both hands, stretching to make it life-size. This has the pretty, upper-register red fruits, flowers, red licorice, and silkiness with tons of bottom end black berry and sweet earth. Goodfellow says there's even a hint of "Nick Nolte" down there - you know, that gruff and gravely but charming character that balances the picture. - Marcus

Matello wines are made from grapes purchased from several locations in the Willamette Valley. Marcus makes some his best wines from Pinot noir grapes sourced from the Whistling Ridge Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. The vineyard lies directly above Beaux Freres Vineyards.

Only 165 cases made; the Souris is comprised of 3 barrels of Whistling Ridge, 2 barrels of Bishop Creek, and 1 barrel of Cherry Grove (aka Nick Nolte).

Marcus Goodfellow's winery may be small (actually, he share's space with several other micro-producers), but his reputation among Portland area restaurants is huge. His wines are featured at some of the hippest locales in town. Goodfellow developed his winemaking skill by working closely with Amy Wesselman and David Autrey of Westrey Winery.

2008 Wine Advocate - 92 points - My favorite of the portfolio is the 2008 Pinot Noir Souris, a blend of three vineyards aged for 18 months in 33% new oak. Aromas of cherry blossom, black cherry, black raspberry, and exotic spices lead to a medium-bodied, intense, layered Pinot with densely packed fruit, plenty of structure, and lively acidity all nicely intertwined. Give this velvety-textured, lengthy effort 2-3 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2023. - Jay Miller

There are a lot of things that end up on the back of a wine label. Marcus Goodfellow chose wisely: "If I were to die tomorrow and people ask what kind of winemaker I was, this is the bottle I would want to show them. But if you must open it in a hurry, then at least have the good sense not to drink it that way."

2007 Vintage

2007 Wine Advocate - 88 points - The 2007 Pinot Noir Souris (a selection of the winery's best barrels) was sourced from three vineyards on Whistling Ridge. Light ruby-colored, it offers up an attractive bouquet of smoke, spice box, cherry, and cranberry. Sweetly fruited and forthcoming, this balanced effort has plenty of savory fruit, good balance, and moderate length. It will drink well from 2010 to 2017.

2006 Vintage

2006 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2006 Pinot noir "Souris" is a selection of the winery's best barrels. It continues the theme of elegance but amps up the power a bit. Medium to full-bodied, there are layers of ripe red fruits and enough structure for this outstanding effort to evolve for 2-3 years. It will be at its best from 2010 to 2018. - Jay Miller

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