2008 Matello Winery Pinot Noir Winter's Hill Dundee Hills
($45) Pale, bright red. Wild, intriguing scents of redcurrant, Campari and dried rose, with notes of botanical herbs and orange peel coming up with air; smells like the bastard child of a Negroni and a Chambolle-Musigny. Light-bodied, seductively sweet red fruit flavors turn tangy with air and show very good clarity and spiciness. Singular, lean and refreshing wine with strong finishing bite and a lingering echo of zesty red fruits. Don't serve this without warning the unsuspecting.
by Cole Danehower
Marcus Goodfellow is flat out one of the best winemakers in Oregon—it’s just that not many people know about his wines. Oh, the trade does; the insider industry folks all speak admiringly of the wine as well as the winemaker, and it is almost a rite of passage to indicate your familiarity with the sub rosa Matello label.
by Matt Kramer
December 28, 2010
By now you're surfeited with advice about how to celebrate the coming new year. You've doubtless figured out for yourself your preferred approach. Consequently, the wines this week aren't pitched to some imagined notion of how you could or should see in the new year. Some folks are party animals. Others -- count me in -- prefer a more personal, intimate approach. All I will say is that any of the following will serve beautifully, enhancing your chosen approach.
2008 Matello Winery Pinot Noir Hommage A & D Willamette Valley
($30) Bright red. Musky red berry and floral aromas are complicated by suggestions of cinnamon, star anise and white pepper. Racy and taut on entry, then gains sweetness and breadth in the mid-palate, offering attractive red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter cherry pit. Deeper and more fruit-driven than the Winter's Hill; less edgy and a bit more mainstream. The spicy finish is sweet, expansive and impressively persistent. Still, this isn't a wine to serve to friends who use, say, Kosta-Browne as a benchmark for their pinot love and can't see past it. But pinot is really a big tent wine so give it a shot: you never know.
Matello listed amongst Wine & Spirits Magazine's Most Popular Restaurant Wine Brands
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