Single Vineyard Walter Scott Wines Nail It!
If you couldn’t tell from our latest newsletter offering (“Six Priceless Pinots Under $35”), which included the 2010 Walter Scott La Combe Verte Pinot Noir, we’re pretty thrilled with what we’ve tasted from the initial release of this talented team’s wine.
Well, Ken Pahlow just popped in to pour Walter Scott’s single vineyard selections for us and now we’re quite convinced these Pinot Noirs are going to catch some growing attention. What’s especially attractive about these wines is the absolutely spot-on way they showcase the beautiful soils beneath the vines.
The 2010 Walter Scott Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir is sourced from 15 year old vines in the Dundee Hills. The deep and dense red clay Jory soil is captured in aromas of ripe red berries, and the palate that follows is nothing short of silky. Soft flower petals and fresh acidity, hallmarks of classic Dundee Hills Pinot, promise to support ample rewards for a bit of cellaring time. 75 cases were made. $38/btl.
The 2010 Walter Scott Dumb Ox Pinot Noir, named for French author Alexander Dumas, is another exacting salute to beautiful soil; in this case, it’s the incomparable Eola-Amity area marine sediment and shallow, rocky, basalt working the magic. Own-rooted Pommard clones and dry farming are key ingredients to highlight the intensity of this soil profile. Minerality and cedar permeate the nose, and a velvety texture provides elegant structure to enhance brambly berry and dark plum notes. Less than 100 cases were made. $38/btl.