Full Pull Up The Ladder

Hello friends. We continue to move up the ladder with Walter Scott, one of the buzziest wineries in the Willamette Valley right now. We began last August with the Willamette Valley bottlings (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both drinking great, both of which we’ll reoffer at the bottom of today’s offer). Then last month we accessed the next rung: Cuvee Ruth. And today we have even rarer birds: a trio of Walter Scott’s single-vineyard Pinots, from the outstanding 2014 vintage.

These are wines that hardly ever escape the clutches of the winery and their mailing list, let alone the state of Oregon. I’ve certainly never been offered the chance to access these wines before, and I suspect few in Seattle have. Our list has dibs on small parcels of each wine, but please note: we only get one shot. Once we place our order on Monday (please submit all order requests no later than Sunday night), any wine we don’t take will be released to the market at large, where I’m sure it will disappear very quickly.

[Note: for more background on the winery, see our offer from August of last year.]

2014 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Clos des Oiseaux
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My own brief impressions, from an admittedly quick, baby-brain-addled tasting: red fruits, spice, dusty earthy notes; great richness and extraction for a mid-weight wine.

2014 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Sojourner
From the winery: [TEXT WITHHELD].

My impressions: black cherry and blackberry fruit, lovely black tea leaves; dark profile, with wonderful leafy and mineral subtleties; intense palate.

2014 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard
From the winery: [TEXT WITHHELD].

My impressions: seriously smoky, seriously savory; peat moss earth notes on black fruit core; most structured of the three, but tannins are well-polished and fine-grained; evocative expression of a great site.

2014 Walter Scott Chardonnay Willamette Valley
Originally offered August 23, 2015. Excerpts from original offer here: Vineyard sources for the Chard are Clos des Oiseaux, Bieze, Eola Springs, and Freedom Hill, again including vineyards that go for considerably more when bottled as single-site wines. Listed alc here is 13.0%, and this begins with a beguiling nose of pear, lemon curd, and threads of smoke and mineral. Elegant, mouth-coating, and minerally, this again charms with its intensity. The sense of extract, the mouth-filling texture, the endless length: all delight.

From the winery: [TEXT WITHHELD].

2014 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Originally offered August 23, 2015. Excerpts from original offer here: The fruit is almost all (95%) from the Eola-Amity Hills (primarily Eola Springs Vineyard), 100% destemmed, fermented with ambient yeast, and aged in barrel for just shy of a year, 30% new. Partway through the note in my notebook, there’s an underlined passage: “wow; this is like Cotes de Nuits meets Oregon.” There is a darkness to the fruit character, an insistence to the mineral tones, that caused me to jot that opinion. This is a gorgeous wine, mixing black cherry and blackberry fruit, loads of minerality, resinous forest notes, and exotic spice. It’s amazingly complex for such a young wine. Texturally, it’s lively (13.5% listed alc), propulsive, with real live-wire intensity to the mix of fruits and crushed rocks. Eminently drinkable/approachable, food friendly for all manner of autumn-season meals, and ultimately balanced above all else, this is an outstanding Pinot Noir for its price class.

Please limit order requests to 24 bottles of the single-vineyard wines (mix and match as you like). The Willamette Valley wines are first come first served. All the wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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