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Congratulations to Marcus Goodfellow

Always Delicious Chardonnays

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Marcus Goodfellow’s Matello and Goodfellow Family Cellars labels have been mainstays at the shop for some time now—wines that we carry regardless of vintage, scores or overall hype.  The wines are amongst the best in Oregon and consistently some of the most inspiring wines we taste.  It looks like we aren’t alone in our love—the new Wine Advocate reviews for our fair state lavish (deserved) praise on Marcus’ wines, particularly two Chardonnays (Richard’s Cuvee and Durant Vineyard) which we wanted to feature today.

Goodfellow Family Cellars Richard’s Cuvee Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($39.95) Buy Now: $36 special

Goodfellow Family Cellars Richard’s Cuvee Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014 375ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $19.50 special
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2014 Chardonnay Richard’s Cuvee knocks it out of the park with a nose of ripe apricots, pink grapefruit and guava underscored by fresh ginger, baking bread, beeswax and yeast extract hints with a waft of jasmine.… Read the rest

Il Poggione’s Magnificent 2011 Brunello

il poggione sealMost Brunello collectors buy either traditional or modern examples with the exception of a few wines whose appeal seems to transcend stylistic categories. These wines are the real ‘collectible’ Brunelli—there’s always going to be a market for them. In that category, Il Poggione manages to be unique. It’s a wine that’s traditionally made, yet approachable, beloved across the board and is still reasonably priced.

For that reason, Il Poggione remains one of our favorite wines in Brunello—it’s tough to beat the combination of quality and price. The wines are probably the least expensive, collectible-quality Brunello out there. The 2011 vintage is no exception and the wine is gorgeous, from a warm vintage but with the freshness and elegance you expect from Il Poggione.… Read the rest

La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013

La Jota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2013

A Great Big Cabernet at a Great Big Discount!

la jota wineryIt’s telling that La Jota’s full name is “La Jota Vineyard Co.”  Founded in 1898, it’s a winery explicitly tied to a place, in this case Howell Mountain.  Howell Mountain is a special place in Napa to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and the history of the winery reflects that—the first awards for the winery were in the 1902 Paris Exposition.  They shuttered during prohibition and became a “ghost winery” until the current winery opened in 1982.

The winery makes its wines from estate fruit spread over 28 acres of prime volcanic Howell Mountain real estate, and the Cabernet is what they’re known for.  We’ve been lucky enough to score a great deal on the lauded 2013 version, which has dense, rich dark flavors that the mountain fruit provides. … Read the rest

Matello ‘Souris’

Staff Pick: Matello Souris 2011 & 2012

Suzanne:
matello souris 2012With substantial increases in production in the 2014 and 2015 vintage, many Oregon wineries are running out of space to hold back vintages of treasured wines. And to your benefit! With top picks from the 2011 and 2012 vintages slowing dwindling on our shelves, we jumped at the chance to offer more library releases from one of our favorite local Pinot producers – Matello. Until the 2012 vintage, Marcus Goodfellow bottled a barrel selection from his best sites (Whistling Ridge, Durant and Bishop Creek, though it varied from vintage to vintage) under the name Souris.

The 2011 was, not surprisingly given his track record, delightfully young and fresh, when we checked in a few months ago.… Read the rest

Wine of the Week: Quintessa Rutherford Red

Deal of the Week from Quintessa!

In stock now:

Quintessa BottleQuintessa Red, Rutherford 2013 750ML ($199.95) $128 special
James Suckling 98 points “This is really fantastic on the nose with blackberry, blueberry, lavender, and violets. Even sage. Full body plus extremely integrated tannins that are polished and refined. The balance and harmony is phenomenal. Goes on for minutes. Beautiful now but will satisfy for decades. (5/3/16)”

Robert Parker 96 points “The 2013 Proprietary Red Wine has always been good, but I think they have re-positioned themselves at a much higher pinnacle with the 2013. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend but has important component parts such as Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot from their gorgeous vineyards just off the Silverado Trail in Rutherford.… Read the rest