Exploring Goodfellow and Kelley Fox PN

Canoe, Atlanta, GA

Tasted February 19, 2019 by MikeATL with 70 views

Introduction

When a friend proposed a dinner to share some wines from producers he’d visited in Oregon, I quickly accepted the invitation. I have some Goodfellow wines but had yet to try any and had heard good things about Kelley Fox, so I was excited for the opportunity to explore some of their wines and my excitement turned out to be justified.

We braved the torrential rains to convene at Canoe, which has become an Atlanta institution but remains fresh and reliably excellent. Canoe lived up to expectations, with delicious food and first-rate service. Our host provided the Goodfellows and the young Kelley Foxes, while another person generously contributed two older Kelley Foxes and I threw in a 2009 Patricia Green. When a fellow guest suggested that he open an off-theme wine at the end of the night, we enthusiastically approved as none of us are foolish enough to look a gift Métras in the mouth.

I’ve long neglected Oregon Pinot Noir, but this tasting and other wines in recent years have confirmed the seriousness of my error. The quality of the wines was uniformly high and a few were absolutely outstanding. The quality of the company wasn’t too shabby either. While the weather was dreary, my memories of this evening are anything but and have heightened my excitement to continue my exploration of Oregon wines, particularly those from Marcus Goodfellow, Kelley Fox, and Jim Anderson at Patricia Green.

Flight 1 (9 notes)

Red
2015 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
92 points
Lovely pure dark cherry and beet root with a touch of spice, great balance, medium weight, plenty of fine tannin supports the fruit and should give it a decent life.
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Red
2015 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Fir Crest USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
90 points
Darker fruit than the Durant with some evergreen, not showing as much complexity and a little tighter as well. Nice, but it needs time.
Red
2016 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Heritage No. 7 Whistling Ridge Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
93 points
Beautifully pure dark cherry with a little spice, it took a little time to open but it did so with great class.
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Red
2015 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Star of Bethlehem Flower Block USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
92 points
Dark cherry and a dash of herbs, with a savory middle and finish, excellent concentration, and terrific with a duck breast with a beet sauce.
Red
2016 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
93 points
Crystalline purity of ripe dark cherry with a touch of spice and good acidity, very pretty and hard to stop drinking.
Red
2009 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Mysterious USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
94 points
Incredible depth, cherry and raspberry with savory earthiness, wonderful kaleidoscopic complexity, compelling and outstanding.
Red
2009 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
94 points
Tangy red cherry and a touch of evergreen, lovely concentration and length with impeccable balance, not quite as complex as the 2009 PG Mysterious but with more crystalline elegance.
Red
2008 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, McMinnville
92 points
Deep dark cherry, brooding, but precise, with a little menthol, very good but it needs time to show more complexity, and all of the raw materials seem to be in place to let it do so.
Red
2015 Yvon Métras Beaujolais France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
91 points
Showing plenty of natural wine funk, carbonic red fruit with a touch of celery salt and white pepper, quite tasty.
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