The Wine Wire – February 7th, 2012

Not a huge tasting day today, but some things that really stood out.

  • 2009 McKinlay Vineyards Pinot Noir – Awesome to see Matt Kinne’s wines in the Chicago.  This is a really delicious ’09 Pinot, and a truly outstanding value.  12.5% alcohol folks!  Could drink this one all day.  $19.99 btl.
  • 2008 McKinlay Vineyards Pinot Noir “Special Selection” – Wow!  This was really something.  I always hesitate to call anything “Burgundian-inspired,” but this wine would certainly appeal to “old world” drinkers.  Built for the long haul, although not unapproachable.  My notes – “Intensity, elegance, breed.”  Oregon Pinot fans – don’t miss this.  $41.99 btl.
  • 2010 Jean-Paul Droin Chablis – there may be more “fashionable” Chablis out there, but this is an incredibly delicious AC Chablis.  So refreshing and delicious!  A steal at $22.99 btl.
  • Monkey Shoulder Whiskey – This town is going to be inundated with Monkey Shoulder.  You heard it here first!  Three Speyside distilleries come together, age their Whiskey in Bourbon barrel, and blend 27 casks.  This stuff is huge appeal to a wide range of Whiskey fans.  So not only is this really tasty, this is $28.99 per bottle, yes you read that right!
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