6130 Bethel Heights Rd. NW
tel. (971) 209.7786
Erica Landon and Ken Pahlow are a true Willamette Valley “power couple.” Pahlow has over two decades experience working with St. Innocent, Patricia Green Cellars and Evening Land Vineyards. Landon is a sommelier and wine educator who spent years running wine programs for some of Portland’s top restaurants. 2009 was the first vintage for Walter Scott – named in honor of one of Pahlow’s grandfathers and a nephew – and in 2014, Pahlow and Landon left their other jobs behind to concentrate on Walter Scott. They are joined at Walter Scott by friends and investors Sue and Andy Steinman.
Walter Scott wines are made with purchased fruit, but Pahlow and Landon have stringent guidelines for their vineyard partners. First, the vineyard has to be farmed without the use of herbicides. Pahlow and Landon work with 13 vineyards, mostly located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, and those vineyards are farmed sustainably, organically and in a couple of instances, biodynamically. Partner vineyards include well-known sites like Seven Springs, Temperance Hill and Freedom Hill. Second, they need to be friends. Pahlow says, «We want work with people we’d be happy to sit down and have a glass of wine with».
Iron fist in a velvet glove. The Willamette Valley La Combe Verte Pinot Noir 2017 is a prime example of that old Burgundy line. It is a highly structured homage to every dark fruit imaginable, and it possesses both significant structure and elevated acidity. The Cuvée Anne Chardonnay 2016 is a perfect combination of not-quite-ripe stone fruit, acid and minerality. The Sojourner Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (Great wine) aromatic set includes wet rocks, dusty roadside blackberries and moonflowers. Combined with chewy tannins and more roadside attraction fruit, that makes for a show-stopper.
PLANT PROTECTION none
WEED CONTROL mechanical
YEASTS spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES purchase 100%