McKinlay’s head farmer, proprietor and winemaker, Matt Kinne, may be the pickiest winegrower in the Willamette Valley. Seriously. Matt often produces just one wine in a vintage, a Willamette Valley blend known for its value and Burgundian stylings. In other vintages, he’ll bottle a Special Selection, Estate, and our favorite, Ladd Hill. While he did not make an Estate in 2014, he did bottle a knockout 2014 Ladd Hill.
Planted in 1976 primarily to the Pinot noir clones Wadenswil and Pommard, the tiny Ladd Hill Vineyard is farmed by Matt, so he’s doubly responsible for the great wine. It is atypically generous for a young McKinlay, showing the fruit-forward character of the 2014 vintage. Heavenly aromas that only classic Pinot noir can deliver usher you in to a beautiful, vibrant dark raspberry core of fruit that’s classic Ladd Hill. It is ultra fine and silky textured, still with superb elegance and mouthwatering acidity. Delicate floral and spice accents enhance the lengthy finish. Better cellared for a few years, with a potential for two decades of enjoyment. Only four barrels were bottled.
2012 vintage notes: When writing my notes I couldn't remember the last vintage he bottled a Ladd Hill Pinot (2008, I'm pretty sure). 2012 being the exceptional vintage it was, Matt made his broadest array of Pinot noir: Special Selection, Estate, Ladd Hill, and Willamette Valley, our favorite of which is Ladd Hill. In 2012 this tiny vineyard produced a knockout wine. Heavenly aromas that only classic Pinot noir can deliver usher you in to a beautiful, vibrant dark raspberry burst of fruit that's broad and creamy textured, still with superb elegance and mouthwatering freshness. Delicate floral and spice accents enhance the lengthy finish. We love it as a young wine and know it will be better after a few years of cellaring, with a potential for two decades of enjoyment.