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Proprietor and winemaker Marcus Goodfellow has always had a thing for jesters and fools, and thus the name Matello, which is Italian for "little fool." Goodfellow focuses on sommelier-friendly wines, particularly Pinot Noir from family owned and non-irrigated vineyards. The first vintage was 2002 (186 cases of Pinot Noir produced at Westrey where he was mentored by Amy Wesselman and David Autry) and production reached 3,300 cases in the 2012 vintage.
Goodfellow grew up in the mid-Santiam Valley near Silverton, Oregon, attended Pepperdine University in Southern California where he majored in kinesiology, and worked in restaurants in the Los Angeles area where he was first introduced to wine. He was able to meet well-known people in the wine business and taste a wide range of wines. In 1994, he returned to Oregon and began work at the Heathman Hotel in Portland. He rose through the ranks to become the wine buyer for the hotel and restaurant. Oregon Pinot Noir captured his attention and led him to begin making wine.
After crafting wine at Westrey through 2005 and ADEA Wine Co. in Gaston through 2010, he found his own winery in McMinnville's Granary District.
Wines are sold through the website and wine club. Tasting is by appointment only.
2012 Matello Souris Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.2% alc., 275 cases, $42. · A tête de cuvée. Crafted from old, non-irrigated vines. Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of cherry tart, sandalwood and underbrush. Bright and juicy with light to mid weight flavors of cherry, raspberry and cranberry. Delicate and elegant, yet highly flavorful. Firm tannins buttress the fruit and bright acidity adds tension. The wine finishes with a pleasing grip of cherry fruit. Still appealing the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle reflecting balance and predicting age ability. Score: 91. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 Matello Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 100 cases, $42. Winemaker Marcus Goodfellow’s first vintage from a vineyard planted in 1974 to Pommard clone, and nonirrigated. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very light but charming array of red fruit flavors including cherries, strawberries and cranberries. Highly aromatic on approach, and comes at you like an arrow upon entry. Elegantly styled with well-matched tannin and acidity, offering interesting hints of anise and baking spice. Shows off the vintage beautifully. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Matello Souris Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 165 cases, $42. A barrel selection from Whistling Ridge Vineyard, Durant Vineyard and Bishop Creek Vineyard. Non-irrigated vines. · Light reddishpurple color in the glass. Delicate aromas of cherries and strawberries unfold nicely over time in the glass. Rather austere and “Burgundian” in style if you will, featuring red fruits with hints of oak, redwood and herbs in the background. Finishes with mellow red cherry flavor. Elegant, like see-thru red lingerie. Some may find the wine too tight, light and tart but they may miss the point of this acid-charged wine. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Matello Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 336 cases, $20. From Mad Wines Company owned by winemaker Marcus Goodfellow. Sourced from several vineyards. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. On the nose there is a demure perfume of dark cherry fruit with notable scents of oak, earth and cut flowers. An austere and currently disjointed wine with piercing acidity and flamboyant tannins that overwhelm the red cherry, raspberry and savory herb flavors. I don’t find the balance for aging. Decent. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »
2008 Matello Souris Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 165 cases, $36. A blend of Whistling Ridge, Bishop Creek and Cherry Grove vineyards. Aged for 18 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Moderately intense reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of ripe Pinot fruits. The tasty core of cherries and berries takes a back seat to a citrus tone imparted by brisk acidity. Linear now with plenty of tannin, but possesses good upside potential. The Matello style reflects the winemaker’s background in the restaurant industry and will appeal to acid lovers. Good. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »