Blink and you'll miss them: Tiny-batch Pinot values

The secret to finding the best values from famous wine regions is to have knowledgeable guides who know the local scene. That's us.

You could tour the Willamette Valley dozens of times and still not land in the cellar of McKinlay. Tucked away off an actual dusty gravel road lies one of the hidden gems of Willamette Valley wine—you need your virtual wine guides to point you to the sublime, authentic McKinlay Pinot noirs. Even if you know where to look, McKinlay and sons (Jake, AKA Jacob Martin) make such tiny batches that if you blink, you'll miss them.

Your virtual wine guides are pointing you to these two exceptional value Pinots from the McKinlay cellar: 10 cases of McKinlay's second-generation winemaker Jacob Martin 2018 and 5 cases of the only "Chehalem Mountains" bottling McKinlay has ever produced. Best to order before you blink!

$28.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($31.95 regular)

Andy: This has been my house-pour Pinot for months. It's one of my favorite 2018s at any price. Lively and delicious with energy to spare, every time I open one it brings smiles to everyone in the room. Jake absorbed all the knowledge from his dad and applied it to fruit from outside the McKinlay wheelhouse."

Like father, like son. Jake (Martin) Kinne’s upbringing in the McKinlay cellar is apparent in this pure and silken Pinot pleasure. Aged entirely in neutral oak barrels (filled more than three times) and only four barrels were produced. A classic Oregon Pinot noir that more than hints at the strong wine legacy in the Kinne household.

$24.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($26.95 regular)

Take one of Oregon's most under-the-radar wineries, McKinlay, and add a one-off bottling, this lovely Chehalem Mountains, and you have super-secret-stash territory. The CM, which is entirely from McKinlay's estate vineyard, is a classic example of what the winery "grows" best: deliver authentic, pure Pinot noir with outstanding value. Beaming red fruits with purple lace curtains, light licorice and spice accents. Not that you would do the same, but I tasted the bottle over a week (as in 7 days) and it was still super-pretty on day 7. You won't find that kind of structure in your average $25 Pinot...nor in virtually any Pinot at that price.