Have you ever met a winemaker that seems totally unafraid? Grounded and uncomplicated? No type-A, in-your-face manifesto, philosophy or secret stash of skills for which stand solely as the barrier between great wine and everything else? When you meet those winemakers you can’t help but start questioning the fluff and ego that gets credit for the success of the wines we drink. Maybe we truly don’t give the grapes enough credit. Everybody says that great wines are made in the vineyard, but I don’t know that we really think about what that means.
Visit McKinlay and you can’t help but think about those things. Matt Kinne, owner and winemaker, has been farming his estate for over 25 years, making small amounts of Pinot Noir in his unstylized underground cellar with basic principles in mind: achieve concentration and expression in the vineyard and minimally influence the wine in the winery. And that’s exactly what he does.
The 2012 Special Selection is a great demonstration of fruit so amazingly equipped to stand alone. You can taste polish in a wine, just like you can see it in a photograph or hear it in a song. It may seem nice at first, but it’s where the soul of something often gets lost. This wine has soul. It’s exceptionally deep and brawny, but effortlessly balanced and texturally very complex. These wines are so easy to understand, but then they get you thinking…
The McKinlay wines are honest, rustic and untampered with. If you’re excited about Oregon Pinot Noir, or want to get excited, seek these wines out!
What separates Pinot noir from other red varietals is its ability to express itself in such a confident and understated form. Pinot noir at its finest is red, not black; freshly fragrant; richly and brightly flavored with complexity and length. Appropriately, McKinlay Pinot noir ferments with native yeasts, without enzyme additions; ages in modest pecentages (25%) of new oak and is neither fined nor filtered at bottling. -Matt Kinne