2016 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Durant Vineyard


  • USA
  • Oregon
Drink between 2020 - 2026 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • BigTex22 Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 25, 2020 - Even better than our last bottle. First descriptor that comes to mind is balanced. Lemon cream on the nose, a bit of zippy acid (but in check), and persistent through the finish. A really great bottle of wine that should continue to evolve. If you haven’t checked out this winery, you’re missing out. Well done.

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  • Bob H wrote:

    February 2, 2020 - When I drink Marcus' Chards, more often than not I'll try to pair up a Durant with a Richard's from the same vintage for comparison purposes, but today I decided to check out the two newest vintages from Durant instead.

    The matchstick note I mentioned on the '17 is much less pronounced here on opening - still discernible, but in the background.

    Some lemon curd on the palate, which is more expansive than the '17. This is drinking great today, but if I was a betting man, my money would be on the '17 vintage when someone pulls the cork in 2030.

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  • Seanwsmithm3 wrote:

    January 9, 2020 - Drank another one over Xmas. Lovely matchstick and citrus on the Nose. Everything is now melding together on the palate. This wine has integrated a lot since I first tasted it about a year ago. The minerality exists throughout the wine and through the long finish.I had to do a double-take and make sure it wasn't a Richards. Excellent wine. I will check in again in another year.

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  • BigTex22 Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 3, 2020 - Really nice chard and a great value. A bit of zingy citrus at first taste, but mellows a bit with a wee hint of vanilla. Enjoy these wines immensely.

  • Outplaying wrote:

    November 17, 2019 - We had a Whistling Ridge earlier in the week, and from memory I like this more. Both drank better as they warmed. I like the saline and rain water notes. One of the better domestic Chardonnay’s I’ve had. Oregon seems do be doing great things with their whites.

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  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull Goodfellow, 3/18/2019

    (Goodfellow Chardonnay Durant Vineyard) Hello friends. The last few years here at Full Pull have proven a trove of Pinot delights. The latest treats come from a winery that’s new to us—but a winemaker who has become a favorite in many Willamette Valley circles. Marcus Goodfellow is probably best known to many of our list members as the man behind Matello Winery. He launched Matello in 2002 after he spent time working with the folks at Evesham Wood and Westrey, and for the first few years, he made his own wine tucked away in a little corner at Westrey (good place for wine-knowledge osmosis!). He then moved to a co-op facility, and then his own facility in 2011. In 2014, he launched Goodfellow Family Cellars. Marcus’ winemaking has long been praised, but his eponymous label allows him to take a step further and focus singularly on his passion for unique, beautiful vineyard sites. He is a stickler for conscientious farming, only working with non-irrigated, sustainably farmed grapes from growers he knows and trusts. Today, we have three single-vineyard bottlings for you, all sourced from different vineyards that Marcus works with. This may only be a snapshot of his winery, but it illustrates the sheer talent that exists behind the helm of this project—and what that talent can do with thoughtfully farmed grapes. This is among the most impressive lineups we’ve tasted out of Oregon in the past year or two—one that once we tasted, we had no choice but to offer. I truly hope you all enjoy these as much as we do. The first vineyard up is Durant. Durant Vineyard lays atop a gentle east-west slope in the heart of the Dundee Hills. Marcus sources Pinot Noir from the mid-point of the hill, but it’s the vineyard’s Chardonnay that blew us away at our latest tasting. The volcanic soils there—famous for distinct mineral content—don’t just grow distinctive Pinot. They also grow distinctive Chardonnay. The 2016 Goodfellow Chardonnay is sourced from a section of Dijon vines planted in 1993. It spent 22 months in French oak and clocks in with 13% list alcohol. It opens with a bountiful nose that showcases golden apples, lime zest, chervil, macadamia, and just a touch of lemon meringue. There’s an extreme minerality throughout. The palate expertly walks the tightrope between delicate and plentiful. It’s kept bright with soaring acidity, but for me, the most fascinating intricacies lie within its texture. It’s effortlessly elegant, vibrant, and pure. A wonderful expression of Oregon Chardonnay. There are no reviews yet, but it seems notable that the 2014 vintage received 95+ points from Wine Advocate, yet the 2016 is Goodfellow’s favorite vintage yet.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type White
  • Producer Goodfellow Family Cellars
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Durant Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Oregon
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Oregon

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  • Pending Delivery 5 (2%)
  • In Cellars 152 (74%)
  • Consumed 49 (24%)

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