“Bloody Good” Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs from Walter Scott

Please, please, please:  do yourself a favor and get to know the simply ridiculously good 2015 Pinot Noirs (and one great Chardonnay!) from Walter Scott.  Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon’s winery is small (around 3,500 case) and still young (first vintage 2008).  But their 2014s established them as elite-level Oregon winemakers with a true gift for making wines that marry New World ripe fruit to Old World elegance and class.

Their 2015s are better.  And they are here, ready for you to take home now and taste for free this Friday and Saturday.  And you can take them home and experience the magic from just 24.98 for their “regional” blend, La Combe Vert.  Or savor their Pinots from two of Oregon’s greatest vineyards – Freedom Hill and the legendary Seven Springs – from 44.98.

You may mix/match Walter Scott wines for best six and 12 bottle savings.  Mixed six/12 bottle discounts will not show on your online order form or confirmation but will be applied before your card is charged.

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Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2015 Product #31908 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2015 Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2015

Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon make four different Chardonnays - three single vineyard wines and one "best of the cellar" barrel selection - Cuvee Anne.  In 2015 it's from Freedom Hill, X Novo and Gibson Vineyards, with all the fruit fermented and aged in French oak puncheons (double barrels) - one new and four used - for 11 months. The result was 490 cases of simply stellar Chardonnay - the strongest argument we know of that Oregon is destined to deliver world-class Chard.

While I'm sure the Wine Advocate 92 point 2014 edition was excellent, it could hardly be better than this wonderfully rich 2015.  The aromas really draw you in with lovely scents of peach, apricot, grilled pineapple, light vanilla and toasted nut.  The palate is subtle and poised, with very pure stone fruit and white flower flavors lifted by citrus acids and complicated by notes of buttered nut and salty stone.  The wine is as smooth as silk and gains amplitude and complexity with air, bringing out more definite fruit and nut notes and a fine, briny, complexity.  Decant this for an hour now and enjoy through 2025.

Regular Price (1) Price : $44.99/ea
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Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015 Product #31909 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2015

Ken got to know Freedom Hill vineyard while working with Mark Vlossak at St. Innocent.  So, when he and Erica got access to a small set of rows in 2012, they knew what to do!  In 2015, they harvested ripe - but not overripe! - fruit from blocks of Pommard and Wadenswil clones that gave a perfectly balanced 13.9% alcohol. Fourteen months in 40% new French oak allowed the wine to gain volume, smoothness, and extra complexity.

Based on Wine Advocate’s commentary, this 2015 has much in common with the 93 point 2012.  There’s plenty of Freedom Hill’s dark, smoky, complexity on the nose with a burst of Wadenswil’s plump Bing and black cherry fruit at the core.  The palate is youthfully tight  - as you’d expect, not yet as open as La Combe Verte – but already exciting with savory cherry, cherry pit, and blackberry fruit flowing into a firm, cellar-worthy, finish.  It's certainly powerful, but elegant and finessed, too.  My note from tasting this at the cellar with Erica is spot on:  "That's a winner.  Fantastic.  Really delicious."  Let it rest until next year and drink through 2030.  335 cases made.

Regular Price (1) Price : $54.99/ea
Sale Single Bottle (1): $51.98/ea
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