Ken and Erica have been getting a lot of attention over the past few years for making world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at their Walter Scott winery in the Eola Amity Hills. We spent an evening tasting, talking, and having a great time. We split this long interview into a couple of shows, but we hope you enjoy the fact that we kept most of the content intact. Throughout, you can hear their excitement for the Oregon wine community as well as their individual vineyards and the families that farm them. In order, we taste the 2015 Freedom Hill Chardonnay, the 2015 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, the 2015 Sojourner Pinot Noir, and the 2015 Seven Springs Pinot Noir. How do you feel about Willamette Valley Chardonnay? To join the mailing list, send an email to info@walterscottwines.com.

Matt Berson of Love & Squalor wines reached out to us to do a show about some new wines he made, and we’re happy that we were able to find a time to make it happen. He’s loved blending every wine he’s released in the past, but with these wines, he was inspired to bottle a tiny amount of single vineyard wines. There are only 25 cases of these single vineyard wines, and we’re thrilled to have their release coincide with this show. Matt has agreed to offer a 15% discount code to folks who watch the show, and you can get the discount code near the end of the episode. We taste the 2014 Sunnyside Vineyard Riesling, the 2014 Wings of Desire, the 2014 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir. We hope you get a chance to order a few of these before they disappear!

We’ve got three new wines to the show this week, as we get back into the Pinot Noir. You love it, we love it. We’ve got the 2013 Denison Cellars Johnson Ridge Pinot Noir, the 2012 Lumos Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Dion Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir.

We went tasting in the Willamette Valley after recording episode 140 and found a couple of wines from Brooks that we wanted to share with you. Both of them are drinking very well right now, and they’re perfect summer wines. As a correction, both wines are listed on their website at $22, which is a little higher than what Dan says in the video. We taste the 2011 Brooks Pinot Noir Rose and the 2011 Brooks Bois Joli Riesling.

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Brooks and Evesham Wood are two of our favorite Oregon wine producers. Chas and I independently picked up bottles they had done with fruit from the Temperance Hill vineyard, and wanted to do a show with them. At 100 acres, this vineyard is one of the bigger vineyards in the Eola-Amity AVA. Portions of the vineyard rise above 800 ft in elevation, making this site on the higher side of the vineyards in the valley. The farming is done organically, so both of these wines come from organic fruit.

What winery in Oregon is worth going out of your way to visit?