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Walter Scott 2017 Fall Releases
Two of the most exciting under -$30 wines currently being produced in Oregon, these are made with the same care and attention to detail as their single vineyard wines and the quality is stunning. Delicious already but the best is yet to come. Both wines will sell out quickly, the Chardonnay is especially limited. If you're a fan, now's the time.
Chardonnay La Combe Verte 2017
With all due respect to other winemakers and personal preferences aside, this is arguably the best Oregon Chardonnay under $30 and there's plenty of people who agree. Already sold out at the winery (it was released just last Saturday), it will be sold out everywhere soon. The first few vintages elicited "wow that tastes like Burgundy". Now it's more like "wow, that tastes like really good Burgundy!"
Bursting with an electric intensity, the texture is amazing: crunchy, waxy, racy and polished. There's a pleasant greenness in the nose with hints of fresh fennel and spearmint before diving into a mix of lemon, Asian pear and green apple on the palate. The finish sails on with a saline yeasty spice note, an intriguing and delicious complement that made me head right back in for another sip.
As always there's minimal intervention in the cellar: native yeast fermentation and minimal lees stirring. Fruit sourcing includes some of the best including X Novo, Clos des Oiseaux, Freedom Hill, Justice and Sojourner.
Pinot Noir La Combe Verte 2017
This is both a serious wine that will age beautifully for years and a seriously delicious wine already. The aromatics are lovely and mouthwatering, a halo of floral brambly, woodsy spice. The fruit, in aroma and taste, is a mix of Oregon berries and black cherry, accented by a savory wild earthiness. The texture is supple, layered, elastic and seemingly ever-changing. What did we expect? Such an incredible value, this is an Oregon Pinot cellar starter (or protector) on the cheap as it just gets better and more complex for years. The source material may have helped: four top volcanic Eola-Amity Hills vineyards (Clos des Oiseaux, Sojourner, Justice and Prophet) rounded out by the marine sediment soil of Freedom Hill. Also, Ken makes really, really, really good Pinot.
Both wines are $27.99 retail, $25 by the 6 pack, $22.40 by the case (mix and match is fine).
Pinot Noir Cuvee Ruth 2017
$39.99/$31.99 by the case
This reserve-level bottling takes it all up a notch. delivering more depth, complexity and length. It starts out a bit tight and then opens up and lets loose with soaring perfumed aromatics and sexy-textured dark cherry and spicy medium plum fruit, shot through with a brambly earthiness. Great balance and loads of depth promise much more to come with some cellar time, but enjoy the long long long finish right now.