We're huge fans of the authentic, artisanal pinot noirs of Matt Kinne at McKinlay. His focus on healthy vines, ripe fruit, and traditional balance that includes some tannins make his wine more Burgundian than anything else in Oregon.
Though they have been established for over fourteen years, McKinlay remains one of Oregon's smallest and most obscure wineries. Rather than spend their time on marketing and public relations, Matt and Holly Kinne instead dedicate all of their energy and resources to producing the finest quality Pinot Noir possible.
This is achieved by sourcing the very best vineyard sites, paying growers by the acre rather than by the ton in order to keep yields extremely low (1 - 1.5 tons per acre), practicing minimal intervention winemaking while personally monitoring every step of the process, blending lots with the utmost sensitivity to aromas, flavors, texture and longevity, and maintaining without compromise, the highest possible quality standard as their objective.
Though on occasion a regular Pinot Noir is bottled as "Willamette Valley", a "Reserve" flagship wine designated as Special Selection is now successfully produced in each vintage, regardless of the challenges. The result speaks for itself as one of the finest Pinot Noirs produced in the world. Since their founding in 1987, production has been in the 300 to 800 case range.
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