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Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte 2016 Product #32997 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte 2016 Walter Scott Pinot Noir La Combe Verte 2016

Pretty stupid good, the kind of Pinot that draws you in and then leaves you hearing yourself saying, “Wow!”  It’s mostly Eola Hills fruit with a few barrels of wine from Freedom Hill and a Dundee Hills site for depth and heft.  About 15% whole cluster fermentation adds spice and 30% new French oak gives extra smoky complexity and a soft, supple, mouthfeel.  There’s plenty of fruit here – you don’t have to work to “get” it – but also real complexity and potential to improve further still over the next 5 or so years.

“Spice-accented dark berries, cherry cola, Indian spices and woodsmoke on the nose, along with a subtle floral nuance. Shapely and supple on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry, spicecake and rose pastille flavors and a sweetening mocha note. Finishes smoky and pliant, featuring gentle, slowly-mounting tannins and a strong echo of juicy dark fruit.”  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

"“Zesty and savory, with lively, smoky cherry aromas and layered raspberry, white pepper and orange peel flavors that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 1,250 cases made.”Wine Spectator 91 points

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Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2016 Product #33350 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2016 Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvee Anne 2016

As Vinous said of the 93 point 2014 edition, "I'd love to see this complex Chardonnay, blind, in a white Burgundy lineup." It's the estate's 390 case "Reserve" white, made from top barrels of Freedom Hill, X Novo, Sojourner and Vojtilla Vineyard fruit. It opens with lovely aromas of nectarine, peach, white flowers and a touch of hazelnut. Flavors of stone fruit, toasted nut, mint, pear and citrus flow across a perfectly balanced palate and drive to a long, mouthwatering, lightly mineral finish.  Lovely stuff to enjoy through 2026.

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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.

"(raised in French oak barrels, 40% of them new) Limpid ruby-red. Explosive aromas of cherry and dark berry liqueur, smoky Indian spices, musky earth and incense take on a sexy floral nuance as the wine stretches out. Fleshy and broad on the palate but surprisingly lithe as well, offering intense blackberry, boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors and hints of candied flowers and cola. Finishes seamless, sweet and extremely long, featuring an echo of juicy blue fruit and chewy tannins that add shape and youthful grip." Vinous (Raynolds) 94

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Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2016 Product #33353 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2016 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2016

Winemaker Ken Pahlow knows Freedom Hill - he worked with fruit from this legendary vineyard for 10 years at St. Innocent. And he's 225 cases of classic Freedom Hill in 2016 using 15% whole clusters and 35% new oak.  As always, this serves up dark, almost brooding, aromas of black fruit, smoke, and savory spice.  On the palate it's rich and deep and powerful, but not at all heavy at 13.8% abv.  Intense blackberry, raspberry, and spice flavors gain complexity from accents of dark flowers and a touch of sappy herb.  Finishes broad and firm with silky tannins and lingering flavors of dark fruit, cherry pit and spice. Delicious already and built to improve for a decade plus, this is a gem.

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Walter Scott Pinot Noir Sojourner 2016 Product #33355 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Pinot Noir Sojourner 2016 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Sojourner 2016

Ken and Erica made just 450 cases of this blend of Dijon 115, Pommard and Wadenswil clone Pinot from a rocky site at 650 feet elevation.  The aromas open clear and focused with lots of woodsmoke, dark raspberry/cherry fruit and a whiff of whole cluster spice.  The fresh, almost tangy, flavors ride along in a focused, very energetic, palate that shows a deft touch of grainy structure at the end. 

With air, the wine unfurls in every way. The aromas and flavors get darker, deeper, and more intense with super-ripe raspberry and strawberry confit fruit, smoked slate, and fresh earth filling your mouth from side to side.  The texture moves from grainy silk to plush, cushy, velvet in the mid-palate with a note of iron ore and spice arriving with the firm, almost voluptuous tannins. As Erica writes, "Sojourner is a beautiful combination of finesse & power" to enjoy now - 2028.

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Walter Scott Pinot Noir Seven Springs 2016 Product #33354 (In Stock)
Walter Scott Pinot Noir Seven Springs 2016 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Seven Springs 2016

Not surprisingly, a great winemaker working with fruit from arguably the finest Pinot Noir vineyard in the USA turned out a brilliant wine in 2016!  This is from the rockiest part of Seven Springs, a block planted to mixed clones in 2007 and includes 20% whole clusters and 35% new oak. There's plenty of dark black raspberry, soft strawberry and tangy cranberry fruit on the nose, but the sappy notes of sandalwood, tobacco, and oolong tea make this about so much more than just fruit. 

On the palate, this is the wildest, most savory, expression of this legendary vineyard I ever recall tasting.  Cured and green tobacco, black and smoked tea, porcini mushroom, and exotic spice flavors surround a deep core of strawberry, cherry and red plum fruit.  A squirt of fresh cranberry gives support to the complex, layered, flavors and pushes through a long finish riding over smooth as silk tannins.  A wine you can appreciate when you just pop the cork and pour a glass...but give this an hour in decanter (or, better, 3-5 years in your cellar) and you'll really be able to appreciate what supremely talented winemaking does with fruit from a world class vineyard.

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