Walter Scott

Owner(s) Erica Landon, Ken Pahlow
Web site www.walterscottwine.com
 
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Walter Scott

This label was started in 2008 by partners Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon after years of working in the Oregon Wine Industry. Pahlow has worked in sales and production at St. Innocent Winery and managed sales and distribution in the Northwest for Evening Land Vineyards. In 2009, he joined the harvest team at Patricia Green Cellars and the winery crew there helped launch the Walter Scott label. Landon has been a sommelier at several top Oregon restaurants. Both partners have been involved in the International Pinot Noir Celebration and the ¡Salud! Wine Auction for many years.

A winery was built adjacent the Justice Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills in time for the 2014 vintage.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced from favorite growers (such as La Combe Verte, Hostein and Bishop Creek vineyards) and involve both blends and single-vineyard bottlings.

The wines are sold through a mailing list and fine wine retailers in Oregon.

Reviewed Wines

2015 Walter Scott Seven Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 125 cases, $ 65 (sold out). Sourced from one acre of the original 1983 plants of un-grafted Pinot Noir vines found in the lower half of the vineyard. Walter Scott is one of the few wineries to get fruit from this vineyard outside of the estate holder, Evening Land. Fermented with ambient yeasts and aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose is very open and giving, offering soaring aromas of cherry, strawberry and spice. Redder fruit is profiled in this mid weight wine with superb harmony. More open at this young age, sporting regal spiced fruit and a juicy finish filled with black cherry delight. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the quenching finish and invigorating acidity stood out. Score: 94-95. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Walter Scott Cuvée Anne Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

13.2% alc., 490 cases, $40. A blend from the winery’s best Chardonnay sites, including Freedom Hill, X Novo and Gibson vineyards. The wine is a reserve blend that represents the winery’s vision of Oregon Chardonnay. The juice was fermented and aged in a new puncheon and four neutral barrels for 11 months with 100% native yeast fermentation and minimal lees stirring. The wine was blended and finished in stainleess steel for an additional 3 months. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Captivating steely, stony, flinty aromas matched to fruit aromas of citrus, white peach and pear. Highly mineral-driven, with flavors of lemon-lime, pear and green apple offering a toned and trim impression, finishing with a quenching, steely attitude. A slight bit of tannin adds structure and the slightly creamy mouthfeel adds comfort. Remarkable poise and immense charm. Score: 95. Reviewed May 6, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Walter Scott Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 275 cases, $50. Walter Scott began leasing this 2.8-acre vineyard in 2011. Today the land is owned by Kecia and John Keller who farm the vineyard organically, with Ken doing most of the tractor work, sprays and helping with the hand work under the direction of viticulturist Ryan Hannaford. Fermented with ambient yeasts and aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Reductive upon opening with aromas of flinty oak, resolving over time as elevating blackberry aromas arise. Luscious by Oregon standards, with a mid weight plus core of blackberry and Marionberry fruit flavors that offer intense sappiness. Despite the concentration, the wine is streamlined and balanced with a wonderful fruited finish. More giving the following day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with an extraordinary fruit-filled finish. With this richness of fruit you might think Syrah, but this wine is Pinot at heart all the way. I sense that this wine is still a bit tight so patience will be rewarded. Score: 92-93. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Walter Scott Dubay Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 125 cases, $50. This small vineyard is located on a steep, rocky hillside and is farmed by viticulturist Ryan Hannaford. Yields were 1.6 tons in 2014. Fermented with ambient yeasts and aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of well-ripened blackberry, cassis, Asian spices, nut oil and vanilla in a moderately rich styled wine with impressive balance and a fulfilling finish replete with exuberant blackberry, blueberry and pomegranate fruit. Somewhat unyielding at this young age, but the charm and pedigree is evident. Considerably better when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, with aromas of exotic spices, lush fruit flavors, and good cut on the juicy finish. Score: 93-94. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Walter Scott Freedom Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 325 cases, $50. Vineyard planted in 1982 by Dan and Helen Dusschee who own and farm the vineyard sustainably with their son Dustin. The vineyard is located in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range and vines are planted on Bellpine loam soils. The wines are typically structured and powerful. Fermented with ambient yeasts and aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose is reserved but alluring with wafting aromas of cherry blossom, raspberry coulis and tobacco and an earthy underpinning. Unctuous on the palate with perfectly ripened fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry. As typical with this vineyard, the tannins are a bit imposing but are not drying, and they smooth out over time in the glass. Wines from this vineyard can be a bit gruff, but that quality is not evident in this wine. I remained infatuated when I tasted this wine the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This one will stay the long course. Score: 96-97. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Walter Scott Freedom Hill Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

13.2% alc., 150 cases, $50. Vineyard farmed by the Dusschee family. The wine was fermented and aged in a new puncheon and four neutral barrels for 11 months with 100% native yeast fermentation and minimal lees stirring. The wine was blended and finished in stainless steel for an additional 3 months. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. A highly distinctive wine offering appealing aromas of pear, cut apple, spice, buttery brioche, nuts and a touch of vanillin. Bright, clean and crisp with bracing, steely acidity, offering flavors of Honeycrisp apple, subtle citrus fruits and complimentary oak notes. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the lovely apple aromas and flavors were even more inviting, the acidity had moderated and integrated. A unique, apple-fruited joy. Score: 94. Reviewed May 6, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Walter Scott Sojourner Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 300 cases, $50. This vineyard is located at the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills, facing west towards the Coast Range at 650 feet elevation. 16 acres planted to Dijon 115, Pommard and Wädenswil Pinot Noir clones and 3.26 acres of Chardonnay. Soils are rocky, volcanic clay. Clones were co-fermented with ambient yeasts and aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Slight flinty reduction upon pulling the cork, yielding to aromas of purple and black fruits over time in the glass. Very tight, with a reductive nature, offering mid weight black fruits back by toasty oak and elevated by juicy acidity. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the nose remained subdued but pleasant, but the wine was more expressive on the palate with layers of well-spiced black raspberry fruit, resolution of the flinty reduction, and a lengthy finish. Cellar for a year or two. Score: 91-92. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Walter Scott Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 100 cases, $50. This iconic vineyard sits on the crown of the Eola-Amity hills at elevations of 600 to 900 feet. The site, farmed by owner Dai Crisp, is exposed to cool afternoon marine breezes that define the wines and contribute to late ripening. Sourced from a block containing 24-year-old vines. Fermented with ambient yeasts and aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. I was at a loss of words in describing this joyful nose offering aromas of dark berries, spice and underbrush with a feral tone. One can really taste the Temperance Hill terroir in this wine, with its structured sense and its typically vigorous black cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors. The wine is in perfect harmony, with a silky mouthfeel, gracious acidity, fine-grain tannins, and a lasting finish. Still an overwhelming experience when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Pinot Noirs from this vineyard are consistently captivating. Score: 96-97. Reviewed May 7, 2017 ARTICLE »

2015 Walter Scott X Nevo Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Chardonnay

13.5% alc., 200 cases, $50. Vineyard planted by Craig and Robin Williams of California Cabernet fame. Sourced from a block that is planted to fifteen different clones of Chardonnay making it one of the most unique sites on the West Coast. The wine was fermented and aged in a new puncheon, a second fill puncheon, and a few neutral barrels for 11 months with 100% native yeast fermentation and minimal lees stirring. The wine was blended and finished in stainless steel for an additional 3 months. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of slate, steel, oak and lemon oil lead off. Good richness of citrus and creme caramel flavors with a subtle flinty note, showing admirable harmony, a slightly viscous texture, and a juicy, lemon-driven finish. Still gloriously fresh when the tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, with all reductive notes resolved. A high-collared, seductive wine that defies adequate descriptors. Score: 96. Reviewed May 6, 2017 ARTICLE »

2014 Walter Scott Cuvée Anne Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

13.25% alc., pH 3.24, 250 cases, $40 (sold out). Mostly Dijon 76 and 95 with 30% X Novo blend of clones. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Wonderful aromas of fresh lemon, white peach, and complimentary brioche and nutty oak. Delicious and vivacious flavors of lemon curd, pear, honeycomb, and toffee. The mouthfeel is satiny smooth in this wine of immense charm that offers a vivid infusion of flavors on the attack and mid palate, carrying through to a vibrant finish that urges another sip. This is a shining example of Oregon’s potential for Chardonnay. Score: 95. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Walter Scott Freedom Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay

13.2% alc., pH 3.21, 100 cases, $45 (sold out). Dijon clone 95. Inaugural wine from this vineyard. Native fermentation. Fermented and aged in a new puncheon and four neutral barrels for 11 months, finished in stainless steel for three months. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of wet stones, graphite, lemon waver, vanilla and slight nutty oak. Slightly viscous and moderately weighty, with flavors of lemon and baked pear, finishing with good cut and a little salinity. Score: 93. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Walter Scott X Novo Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Chardonnay

13.45% alc., pH 3.24, 150 cases, $45 (sold out). Close to 15 different clones. Native fermentation. Fermented and aged in a new puncheon, second fill puncheon, and a few neutral oak barrels for 11 months, finished in stainless steel for three months. · Light golden yellow color and clear. Very appealing aromas of lemon oil, apple, brioche, pain grille and the slightest flint. Sleek and balanced on the palate, with impressive focus and crispness, featuring flavors of citrus, yellow apple, yellow peach, subtle nutty oak, and garrigue. The fruit saturates the mid palate and really hangs on through the clean finish. Score: 94. Reviewed July 9, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Walter Scott Clos Des Oiseux Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 300 cases, $40. Released March 2014. Vineyard owned by Marek and Maureen Waligora. 2.8-acres farmed by Sterling Fox. Clones co-fermented with native yeasts and aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose never comes alive in the glass over considerable time. Shy aromas of cassis, black plum and blackberry with an echo of oak. Mid weight, straight forward array of black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry fruits with a modest oak sheen. Smoothly textured, with plenty of dry tannins on the finish. Could benefit from more time in the cellar. Score: 87. Reviewed July 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Walter Scott La Combe Verte Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $23. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Primarily aromas of charred oak and barnyard upon opening, revealing shy black cherry fruit over time in the glass. Mid weight core of darker red cherries and raspberries and pomegranates with firm tannins taking over the finish. Endowed with bright acidity. Noticeable oak in the background. This wine is out of sorts now with too much acidity, tannins and oak in the limelight. Perhaps more bottle aging will be beneficial but the balance is suspect. Decent. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »



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