The Portland restaurant scene is hot – from fine dining to wildly popular food carts, the up and coming chefs of the nation congregate here. Their wine lists are creative, offering stellar quality and the most interesting of the artisan small wineries. Ken Pahlow and Marcus Goodfellow are two winemakers whose Pinots, made in tiny amounts, show up on wine lists in this ultra-competitive market.
Ken Pahlow (Walter Scott) knows more about Burgundy than most Oregon winemakers. It’s been his passion for his entire career. In his day job, he represents Evening Land Vineyards. Evening Land’s consulting winemaker is Dominique Lafon, considered the best maker of white Burgundy today. Their President is Larry Stone, a master sommelier and former general manager of Napa’s Rubicon Estate Vineyard and Winery. Evening Land could hire anyone – and they chose Ken for the tough Oregon market. The guy is good.
At right, Ken and his Walter Scott Pinot noir
Marcus Goodfellow’s connections to Portland’s restaurant scene started at the Heathman Hotel, where he rose from busboy to wine expert. He worked with David and Amy at Westrey Wines to develop his winemaking skills. His tiny production of Matello Pinot noir was an immediate hit at Portland restaurants. He poured his Pinot at a James Beard dinner in NYC just a few years after starting to make wine. Today, his day job is as winemaker at Bishop Creek Cellars, with Matello his personal label, made in small amounts, sold almost entirely in the Portland area.
Up and coming wines for foodies and the hot Portland restaurant scene – that’s what you get with Walter Scott and Matello.
Prices are for an order of any 12 bottles.
Matello “Souris” Pinot noir 08 $32.35
Souris (French for mouse) is Marcus’s best wine, a blend of his favorite barrels. There are a lot of things that end up on the back of a wine label. Marcus Goodfellow chose wisely: “If I were to die tomorrow and people ask what kind of winemaker I was, this is the bottle I would want to show them. But if you must open it in a hurry, then at least have the good sense not to drink it that way.”
Walter Scott “La Combe Vert” Pinot noir 09 $17.05
The 2009 Walter Scott Pinot Noir is a superb representation of what the ‘09 vintage is turning out thus far. A true Willamette Valley Pinot, which has Holstein, Bishop Creek, and Hawk’s View fruit. A splendid finish of caramel with a hint of basil follows the straightforward beautiful berry fruit on the tongue. – Andy
Walter Scott Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot noir 09 $35.05
Ken’s single vineyard Pinot noir from 21 year old Pommard vines, aged in Cadus and Paransaud barrels. 46 cases were made.
Walter Scott Holstein Vineyard Pinot noir 09 $35.05
Holstein Vineyard is best known as the source of grapes for several highly regarded Pinot noirs from Argyle. Ken purchased enough grapes for one barrel of his Holstein Vineyard Pinot.