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You Need Matello Pinots


Durant VineyardI always have plenty to say. But right now, at 7:46 am on Friday, September 28, I’m speechless. The cause? Matello’s two new Pinots, Souris and Durant 2010. I tried them last night, too, but I had to re-taste first thing this morning to make sure. The best thing I can think to say is, you need these wines. Really. They are two of the best examples of Oregon Pinot noir I’ve ever tasted. – Marcus

at right above, Durant Vineyard

In the debate over which vintage is better, 2008 or 2010, I would offer these two wines as prime examples of how 2010 Pinots can be better than their 2008 predecessors. As Matello winemaker Marcus Goodfellow says, “2010 is the vintage that 2008 was supposed to be.”

They are an essential part of any 2010 Oregon Pinot collection.
With only 190 and 100 cases made, respectively, the time is now.

Matello Souris Pinot noir 2010Matello Souris Pinot noir 2010
$37.75 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $41.95)
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. Only 190 cases made.

Matello WinesMatello Durant Vineyard Pinot noir 2010
$37.75 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $41.95)
The wine is incredibly attractive – it invades your senses with sappy red fruit, powerful and ripe, with stunning, ineffable complexity from partial wholecluster fermentation. The mid-palate positively explodes with beautiful, concentrated, vibrant energy. If you’re drinking one of the two Matello wines sooner, choose the Durant Vineyard, though it will have a long life in your cellar. Only 100 cases made, 100% Pommard from Durant Vineyard in the Dundee Hills.

Below, Marcus Goodfellow outside his new winery, September 2012

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