But it’s not like it was an overnight success. Winemaker Ken Pahlow spent 20 years in the trenches, doing all the jobs one could possibly do for St. Innocent (14 years), and then with key stints at Patricia Green Cellars and also at Evening Land Vineyards during those heady, early days. So now that he’s five years into his own label, the “hot new winery” is actually the product of 20 years of effort. Add to that the efforts of Erica Landon, Portland Somm extraordinaire with vast experience at key Portland restaurants, and you’ve got a winemaking and sales juggernaut.
Here’s a recent blurb from The Wine Spectator:
|Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon of
Walter Scott Wines
“Ken Pahlow managed sales and marketing for Evening Land. His wife, Erica Landon, worked as a sommelier in the Portland area and taught courses for professionals. They made small quantities of their own wine before building a winery adjacent to Justice Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills in time for the 2014 vintage. They buy grapes from favorite growers, producing both blends and single-vineyard bottlings, and they’ve now increased production enough to sell outside the state. The style aims for elegant fruit expression, with the best versions showing sleekness and presence.”
The winery has just released their 2015 pinots, and they comprise a stellar lineup. We are pleased to offer their single-vineyard wines, plus the Cuvee Ruth blended pinot noir. Both the $25 La Combe Vert (sold out) and $40 Cuvee Ruth bottlings received WS 92 point scores, but these (more elevated) single-vineyard wines are not yet rated. Amounts are limited.
As a group, the wines show the kind of finesse-with-power that the best Oregon pinots present. A tad young and focused at the moment, the quality shows through in the exquisite balance and impressive length. The wines are made from low-yielding vines from some of the best vineyards, mostly focused in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA (Home to St. Innocent, Evening Land, Cristom, and other producers who have had influence over winemaker Pahlow). These are worth sitting with over a 2-3 day period now, and will perform best 3-5 years from the vintage date. As a group, they are highly recommended.
The single-vineyard wines average 200 cases each, and demand is strong, so this offer is limited. NOTE: The Dubay Vineyard wine will be a World Class Wine Club selection.
2015 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Mixed Six Pack
One bottle each of Temperance Hill Vineyard, Sojourner Vineyard, Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard, Freedom Hill Vineyard, Dubay Vineyard, and Cuvee Ruth.
2015 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Cuvee Ruth
“Lithe, with firm tannins underlying cherry and savory flavors on a medium-weight frame, expanding on the finish and lingering with gentle insistence. Best from 2018 through 2023. 350 cases made. -HS”
Single Vineyard bottlings
$50 / bottle
Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard
Freedom Hill Vineyard
Dubay Vineyard — Note this will be a World Class Wine Club selection
2015 Walter Scott Chardonnay Ex Novo
This producteur de la moment is carrying a big flag for chardonnay, with sites around the Eola Amity Hills. 35% of their production is chardonnay, soon to be half of all wine they make. This AVA is, of course, home to Evening Land and their ground-breaking chardonnay – where Walter Scott winemaker Ken Pahlow used to work, when they were making that chardonnay . . . The Ex Novo bottling is juicy, leesy and buoyed by brilliant acidity. It features a detailed, complex mid-palate in particular, with a lot of juicy highlights, and a mouth-filling texture. Engaging and delicious.