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    Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Gris "Whistling Ridge" '19


    Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Gris "Whistling Ridge" '19

    People often asked about how I choose the wine for the store?

    You’ve heard countless stories over the years about how I visited this producer, or am friends with that producer. There is no doubt that the personal anecdotes are very important to how I sell. The "why" I sell is, and has always been quite simple. The wines that line my shelves are simply the best in their class.

    It is true that I’ve known and been friends with winemaker Marcus Goodfellow for almost two decades. It is also true, that I recall the first time he made Pinot Gris, and those aging vessels hanging out in the basement of his house. What I really want you to know this time is that his Pinot Gris, produced from the magnificent Whistling Ridge vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA of Oregon, is simply one of the very finest examples of the varietal produced in the state. Seriously, I challenge any of my colleagues to find a better example?

    Richard Alvord and Patricia Gustafson are the longtime owners of Whistling Ridge Vineyard, which sits on the top of a ridge on the Western edge of the Ribbon Ridge AVA. The vineyard itself is planted in sedimentary soil, and for two and a half decades, has proven itself equally adept at growing a variety of grapes. You will find Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and yes, Pinot Gris planted there.

    At 25 years-old the Pinot Gris vines display “Grand Cru” like complexity. Marcus is very proud of the 2019 vintage of Whistling Ridge Pinot Gris. According to Marcus, the grapes from this cool vintage, showed “excellent flavor development and acidity, and low potential alcohol. Grapes are pressed into small tanks for a brief settling of solids before going directly to barrel. Cooperage is made up of neutral Acacia 500L puncheons and 800L foudres. Fermentations are cool and slow, generally finishing out primary between three and six months. The 2019 Pinot Gris was left on the lees for the full 13 months, with only brief stirring at the end of fermentation.”

    The resulting wine is truly beautiful. Aromatics of honeydew melon and white flowers, lead into an incredibly balanced attack on the palate, with notes of green apple, mineral and a long, refreshing finish. Sadly, Marcus only produced 225 cases of this fantastic Pinot Gris. Get some before it disappears!




    Producer Goodfellow Family Cellars


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    Near North

    Mon–Fri Noon–8 / Sat 11–7
    Closed on Sunday

    1167 N Howe Street
    Chicago, IL 60610

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