McKinlay Pinot Noir Special Selection 2014
Regular price $45.00
Pinotguy 94 Points
World Class Wine Club
What if I told you that I know about a terrific $65 pinot, one that's better than virtually all the other $65 pinots in Oregon, and that it would cost you just $45? That would be a good deal, right?
That's the 2014 McKinlay Pinot Noir Special Selection. This is a best-barrel blend of just a couple of hundred cases from winemaker Matt Kinne. It's made only in high-quality vintages, and is marketed in a decidedly low-key style. It flies under the radar and simply does not get the attention it deserves.
The 2014 McKinlay Special Selection is stuffed with darker red fruit flavors and has excellent density and weight. A pervasive loam-and-mineral component suffuses the wine and adds earthly complexity. There are fine tannins, buoyant acidity, and a notable and desirable lack of toasted oak. The wine is pure, complex and very lengthy. The McKinlay style is more Burgundian than almost any other Oregon producer, and he assiduously avoids the trappings of New World Pinot, such as extreme ripeness and heavily toasted barrels - and the wine is better for that. While young-ish, nothing kept me from enjoying a bottle the other week. But experience also shows that Kinne's upper-end wines age exceptionally well - both a 1990 and a 1999 Special Selection were in great drinking shape last year, for example. So, drink now, or hold up to 20 years.