The McKinley clan has a long history of farming in Oregon, dating to the early 1900s when George Angus McKinlay dry farmed cherries, apples, prunes and nuts on his farm in the Eola Hills region of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Great-grandson Matt Kinne worked as an assistant winemaker to Bob Sessions at Hanzell in Sonoma County, California before returning to his family's farming roots in Oregon. He has farmed grapes on the slopes of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountain AVA since 1990.
Pinot Noir is the sole wine produced with the Estate Vineyard supplying half of the fruit with the remainder sourced from neighboring Chehalem Mountain vineyards. New plantings will provide more estate fruit in the coming years. Pinot Noir is crafted using native yeasts, 25% new oak, no additives, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. 20 vintages have been crafted in the cellar of the Kinne's home. Production is about 1,000 cases per year.
Kinne shuns fancy labels and marketing but his Burgundian-styled wines have a loyal following in Oregon. The winery is open Memorial Day and Thanksgiving Day weekends. 7120 Earlwood Rd., Newberg. 503-625-2534. The website is in development. The wines are available through www.avalonwine.com.
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2007 McKinlay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., $18. Crafted by Matt Kinne, a respected winemaker trained at Hanzell in California before returning to his family's farming roots in Oregon. · Shy floral aromas with added darker fruits and a bit of funk. A middleweight with some richness on the mid palate core of berry and cherry flavors. An elegant wine with a grippy finish featuring a lemony zest. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »
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