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Oregon Pinot noir – Walter Scott La Combe Verte


Walter Scott's Ken PahlowWe’ve been focused on Oregon wines for ages now, so we know when a star is born, when a winery has their breakout moment. That time is now for Walter Scott.

When you combine one of Oregon’s most respected wine salesmen with one of our best Sommeliers, you have the makings of a breakout winery. Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon are those two people, and now that they’ve settled into their own winery, their breakout time is now.

Their breakout moment is their new release, La Combe Verte Pinot noir 2011. It is an underpriced gem of Pinot noir, a truly age-worthy $23 Pinot. It is one of the best values in Oregon Pinot we’ve found in ten years, period.

2011 La Combe Verte Pinot noir 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

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

Walter Scott La Combe Verte Pinot noir 2011
$20.66 in any 12 bottle order or build a case
($22.95 retail) 

(That’s Ken Pahlow on the right pouring the La Combe Verte for us last week.)

Winemaker Ken Pahlow says: “Nice now, but I sure think it is going to be pretty darn good in about 3-5 months and should age well for 5-8 years.” We agree.

As to the ‘impressions’ of the wine itself. I think the nose is the selling point with savory, floral almost gamy fruit aromas with a touch of wildness or sauvage as the Burgundians like to say, followed by the texture and length. I think it has really pretty wild berry fruits with good density, but is pure with good freshness from the acidity and the solidly gripping tannins. The color is really vibrant too. Fairly intense garnet with an almost purple, magenta hint.”

“As I mentioned I do not like to not wax on about the wine and just let people form their own impressions of what THEY get out of our wines. I make them the way I want for people to enjoy! I am not hear to tell them what they get out of it. Hopefully people appreciate our translations of what the fruit has to say. I will say however that I believe it will gain immensely in complexity with time for sure, but is pretty damn fun to drink now……..specially right around day 3-4!”

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 Oideaux Vineyard, Eola-Amity AVA, leased by Walter Scott.

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

Holstein Vineyard rows


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