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.

We pulled together three bottles that we were very excited about for this week’s show. All three come from producers we’re fond of, and are bottles we either were excited to try, or excited to share with you. We’ve got the 2013 Kramer Brut Zero Dosage, the 2014 Analemma Pinot Noir Rose, and the 2014 Walter Scott Seven Springs Pinot Noir.

Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon have worked many different jobs in the local wine scene, and are some of Oregon’s best known wine professionals. A few years ago, they launched their own label, Walter Scott. We’ve had a few of their wines on the show in the past, and were very excited to have a chance to share a show with them at their home and winery in the Eola-Amity Hills. We talk about wines around the world, a bit of sports, and taste the 2012 Walter Scott Freedom Hill Pinot Noir, the 2012 Walter Scott Dumb Ox Pinot Noir, and a barrel sample of 2013 Chardonnay from the Vojtilla vineyard.

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We picked up three bottles of 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir around the $20 price point for this week’s show. We’ve had good experiences with all three wines in the past, and we’re excited to check in on this vintage. As it turned out, we had some differences in opinion, and found three wines that show their youth, but still work well at their price points for different regions. We taste the 2012 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the 2012 Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee, and the 2012 Walter Scott  La Combe Vert.

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At recent tastings, Dan discovered a couple of 2011’s that deserve some attention. The Pinot Noir from 2011 is now hitting the market in full force, and we look forward to talking about more wines like these in the future. We taste the 2011 Walter Scott Clos Des Oiseaux Pinot Noir, and the 2011 Big Table Farm Pelos Sandberg Pinot Noir.

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Dan picked up two bottles of Pinot Noir for this show. We’ve both enjoyed wine from both producers, and Dan really enjoyed the 2009 vintage of this wine from Walter Scott. The 2010 Haden Fig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir No. 52 is made by Erin Nuccio, who also produces Evesham Wood. The 2010 Walter Scott Dumb Ox Pinot Noir is made by Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon, who have been Portland wine professionals for years and started their own winery in 2008.

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While out tasting, we both enjoyed the 2010 Lia’s Vineyard from Seven of Hearts, so we picked up a bottle to share with you. We had also heard good things about Walter Scott wines, and Dan picked up a bottle of their 2009 Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir to check out.
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