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McKinlay Pinot noir Special Selection 08

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Matt's Reserve Pinot noir, from his own Vineyard. Special Selection is made from "richer, denser, and darker barrels:" - John Haeger, North American Pinot.

The 2008 Special Selection is dominated by black fruit flavors. There's a mouthwatering scent of fresh fruit and spice, and the wine has a lot of structure, softening and tasting best after decanting for a few hours.

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If you've never heard of Washington-based McKinlay Vineyards, you're not alone: the winery makes less than 3,200 cases of wine each year, and they tend to sell out quickly. That's because quaffers like the moderately-priced Special Selection Pinot Noir embody the essence of an American Pinot Noir: deep, red fruit like cherries and berries, rich wintry spices, and a lot of structure without too much tannin. I'm fantasizing about serving my next bottle with a gamy roast goose. What wines are you serving with your holiday dinner? - Yumsugar

Previous Vintage Tasting Notes

McKinlay Pinot noir Estate 06 shows off the best of the excellent 2006 Oregon Pinot noir vintage. Fresh berry and red cherry scents mingle with violets and rose petals in the scent, and a juicy fresh burst of mouth-filling fruit delights. As you taste, the wine opens up to reveal complexity, layers of darker fruit, silky tannins, and an uplifting acidity that promises more in the future. highly recommended.

Previous Vintage tasting notes Wine Spectator rating 91 points: "Lithe, harmonious and appealing for its floral blackberry and spice flavors, finishing with fine-grained tannins that meld beautifully. Drink now through 2013. 330 cases made." (HS)

Highly recommended- A dark, dense wine, one first notices the intensely perfumed nose, with black berry and cherry fruit scents mingled with a hint of oak. Flavors are of sweet red cherry, red raspberry, blackberry, and black currant, with a distinct nod to the tannic flavors that come from incorporating some whole cluster pressings into the mix. The wine is distinctly true to the varietal, offering a quite pure expression of Pinot noir at its best.

Retail $37.95


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