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 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

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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