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Walter Scott Wines La Combe Verte Pinot noir 2012


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An enchanting, wild vibrancy of dark cherries courses through this Pinot. As it builds toward the finish, fresh blackberries and higher toned Eola-Amity spices add accents. Quite the preview at what is to come from Walter Scott's 2012s - drink this while you wait for their reserve bottlings! - Andy

The 2012 vintage is a blend of fruit from Bieze Vineyard, Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard, Eola Springs Vineyard, and Freedom Hill Vineyard.

2011 Vintage

2011 La Combe Verte is bursting with black fruit, savory herbs, and a hint of smoke. Its rich density is brightened by lavish blackberry and cherry fruit flavors. Notes of sweet spice and pink peppercorn show through the long, berry-filled finish. A hint of smoky game adds an intriguing richness. The 2011 La Combe Verte is made like a $40 wine - at half the price. - Jean

A complex character is immediately apparent on the nose, with savory game notes accenting a spicy black fruit perfume. The rich textures on the palate provide the perfect supporting backdrop for spicy, dark-fruited flavors, and though perhaps still a little closed, this wine gives the sense that it will unfold deliciously over the coming months. It is long and savory with a hint of a meaty note under the brighter red fruit flavors in the finish. - Robin

I'm not a wine "color guy," but the arresting dark color hints at its intensity. Dark, wild, savory, floral aromas pour from the glass - they're gorgeous. The flavors are simultaneously dense and snappy, giving you heaps of juicy wild berries. This pup shows super-fine tannins that turn silky with air. Fresh blackberry and black raspberry carries the finish, with a nimble earth and mineral thread. The bright acidity and wild streak cries out for lamb rib chops or duck. - Marcus

below, line marker for Walter Scott Winery's rows at Holstein Vineyard

 

For every bottle you buy as an "everyday" drinker, buy one to age. I'm still working on the bottle after 4 days and it's showing amazingly. Captivating and energetic now, I can only imagine how good this will be with 4 or more years of nap time.

Bieze Vineyard

450 cases of the 2011 La Combe Verte were made with a substantial portion of the fruit coming from Bieze Vineyard. Ken is stoked about the quality of Pinot grapes coming from this vineyard located next door to Evening Land's famous Seven Springs Vineyard. A single vineyard Bieze Vineyard 2011 Pinot will be released in Spring of 2013.

The 2011 is assembed from four vineyards' wine: - Bieze Vineyard, just above the famous Seven Springs Vineyard owned by Evening Land in the Eola-Amity AVA - Eola Springs Vineyard, Eola-Amity AVA - Holstein Vineyard, Dundee Hills AVA - Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard, Eola-Amity AVA, leased by Walter Scott.

2010 Vintage

I tasted the 2010 Verte and it went right to the top of my list of 2010 Pinots. A gorgeous, refreshing initial splash leads with fresh raspberries and a laser-like precision that glides across your mid palate. The white pepper finish makes this a nice step above other everyday-priced Pinots. It lives up to my high expectations of the 2010 vintage, meaning this wine is drinking beautifully right now AND has the structure to lay down for 8-10 years! - Andy

The dynamic duo behind Walter Scott are two of Oregon's star wine personalities. Ken Pahlow stumps for Evening Land Vineyards and Erica Landon is a well known Sommelier.

Pinot noir vineyards in the 2010 blend:
Bishop Creek Vineyard, Yamhill Carlton AVA
Eola Springs Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Holstein Vineyard, Dundee Hills AVA
Hawks View Vineyard, Chehalem Mountain AVA Medici Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains

2009 Vintage

Walter Scott La Combe Verte Pinot noir 09 - The 2009 Walter Scott La Combe Verte 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

The 2009 La Combe Verte means "The Green Fault" or "The Green Valley" and was named for the amazing team at Patricia Green Cellars, that, without their help we would still be sorting grapes! Essentially, it is Patty Green's fault that we were able to start this project. This wine is a blend of the three vineyards that we source fruit from. - the winery

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