2010 Matello Clover

In Oregon Wine on May 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

This is delicious.

I’ve talked about this producer before, but this was another example of what an outstanding white wine maker Marcus Goodfellow is. Don’t get me wrong, his reds are good to, but at this point I’m convinced that he makes some of the best white wines in Oregon.
This wine doesn’t bear the varietal label Pinot Gris, but that’s what it is. Marcus decided to rack two barrels worth of Pinot Gris into neutral wood. The juice went through an almost excruciatingly slow fermentation, starting nearly  a month after the juice entered the barrels, and finishing months later. It then went through an equally slow malolactic, and finally entered bottle in January of 2012. With all the mention of oak and malolactic, one might expect this to be some monstrous butter-bomb, but it’s nothing of the sort. It is gorgeously balanced, with stunning richness and great acidity. I admit I’ve only tasted two vintages of his wine, but based on that small sample I consider Marcus’ wines some of the best domestic white wines I’ve ever had.

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