McKinlay Pinot Noir 2002 Willamette Valley Estate

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This came as a somewhat aged pinot noir and recommended as peaking well right now. The nose was very bright, with classic strawberry and rhubarb components. At 13% abv I found htis very fluffy and silken with a polished mouthfeel. Despite not being overly excited by the flavour profile, this wine was really all texture and balance, with the simple fruit drawing well from nose to mid-palate and then the finish.

Some might be tempted to call this a typical ‘new world’ pinot, but it has so much more than average in its elegance and structure. Very well made and drinking nicely right now. It loses some marks for the lack of complexity in the fruit.

Very Good+
$60 at Kits Wine Cellar

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