Walter Scott

Owner(s) Erica Landon, Ken Pahlow
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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 currently manages 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.

The 2009 Pinot Noir releases include a blend from three vineyards labeled La Combe Verte and two vineyard designate Pinot Noirs from Holstein Vineyard and Bishop Creek Vineyard. The wines are sold through a mailing list and fine wine retailers in Oregon.

Reviewed Wines

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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