2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Durant Vineyard


  • USA
  • Oregon
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  • InZinity Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 23, 2020 - 1st of 3 bottles, bought from BDXI. Pop n' pour in GGG. Some reduction and matchstick on the nose followed by a burst of tropical notes including pineapple, guava, lime zest, and underripe green apple. Palate is consistent, with more of the matchstick reduction and a touch of smoke up front. Really enjoying the acid on this wine.

    This will easily age 8-10 years in my opinion. My first Goodfellow chard (or any OR chard for that matter), can't wait to see how the Whistling Ridge chard tastes and of course the pinots once I get to them during this COVID-19 quarantine :)

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  • Bob H wrote:

    February 2, 2020 - Still reductive matchstick on the nose - I love it, but realize that other folks may not.

    Lithe and elegant on the palate - I think this is the most structured version of this wine that I've yet tried from Marcus, and as I'm sure I mentioned in my previous notes, the first time I've had a Durant where I think it is the equal in quality/pleasure/potential to the Richard's.

    Delicious as a youngster, and the challenge here will be to bury a few bottles because this is definitely a wine that feels like it will be much better in five and then 10 more years.

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  • randyjc wrote: 89 points

    November 28, 2019 - I adore the Richard’s Cuvee 2017 but this Durant is SO sulfuric and match stick. There should be a warning label for those of us that find that reductive flavor/smell completely intolerable. Beyond that, the wine is solidly good. Grassy, green apple, bracing acidity. Young wine. I understand that some people like reduction - I wish I did because it would take the guesswork out of buying Oregon Chardonnay. Tried to rate this without taking my personal preferences as to reduction into account. Hard to do.

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  • Bob H wrote:

    November 28, 2019 - Thanksgiving Chardonnay - very reductive nose - nicely expansive on the palate. I think I posted this the first time I tried the new vintage, but this is the first time where I think Marcus' Durant will run with his Richard's Cuvée.

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  • Bob H wrote:

    October 31, 2019 - My first time looking at the new vintage. Historically, I have viewed the Durant bottling as the little sister of the Richard's Cuvée - a very nice wine, but one that was clearly in 2nd place at this winery.

    This year, I'm not as sure about that qualitative placement. With the caveat that both of these wines are very young with a lot of development potential ahead of them, this actually comes across as the more structured wine. The reductive matchstick note is definitely more pronounced here, and the palate comes across as more coiled than the Richard's.

    Needless to say, these wines should be a lot of fun to follow in the coming years.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • 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 21 (12%)
  • In Cellars 123 (72%)
  • Consumed 27 (16%)

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