Asking around the valley who our (red) winemakers rated in whites, the same names came up again and again: Jim Maresh, Morgen Long and Marcus Goodfellow. We actually met Marcus at a party thrown by Jim Anderson (Patricia Green) and hit it off right away. An uncompromising guy, making uncompromising wines and his admiration for the tightly wound, slow-evolving Pinots from the likes of Michel Lafarge immediately struck a chord with us.
Oregon Chardonnay only represents something like 4% of the total vineyards of the Willamette Valley
Marcus makes a wide and accomplished range of Pinot Noir, at his cellars in McMinnville, but it was his Chardonnays which made us swoon: wines of energy, real tension and cool-climate definition with an edge which will allow them to age for up to a decade, coupled with an elegance which will make them hugely enjoyable throughout their lives.