THE Oregon Phenomenon: Walter Scott 2017 Single Vineyard Pinots

How do we write about the phenomenonal juggernaut that is Walter Scott Four years running, we've referred to them as Oregon's hottest winery and there's no cooling them down. We've never seen an Oregon winery blossom in the way Walter Scott did and continues to do. They've won so many hearts with their personalities and so many tastebuds with their wines. 

We don't need to exaggerate; the facts speak for themselves. The majority of their 2017 single vineyard production, of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, sold out before release. The 2017s appeal equally to the mind and soul; they are wines brimming with dynamic energy which evolve with each sip over several days (because that's how we taste). They are must-haves for any Oregon wine lover.   

Because of our early and vociferous support for Walter Scott wines, we're (again) the first wine shop in the country to offer the 2017 single vineyard wines. First up, the Pinots (Chardonnays coming Thursday). We spent four days tasting and re-tasting them with this conclusion: the wines are exceptional. Officially released March 1, we urge you to lock yours in today.  

Walter Scott Sojourner Vineyard Pinot noir 2017
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
The complete package. A serious wow. Our favorite of the Walter Scott '17s. Ken spoke of power, grace, and elegance -- we're in complete agreement -- and there's more. Sensual and rich, fresh and surging with electric Pinot vivacity, accentuated by savory, spice, and mineral threads, held together by expressive Oregon red berries. Wonderfully elegant while also superbly deep -- the essence of Walter Scott Pinot noir. - Marcus 

Walter Scott Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot noir 2017
$58.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($64.95 regular) 
The oldest vines in the cellar produced a classic Temperance Hill Pinot noir, a very (very!) close runner-up to the Sojourner in the favorite department. Ultra silkiness defines the 2017, which opens with rosemary and sage flower followed by explosive summer raspberry and all the savory complexities that make Temperance Hill unique. This held up incredibly well over five days (I might have liked it even more on the fifth day!); suffice it to say, this one's going to age. Only 100 cases made, of which 15 are available. - Marcus

Walter Scott Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot noir 2017
$58.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($64.95 regular) 
One sniff says Seven Springs, with its evocative coolness and floral-accented wild berries which carry through with beautiful persistence after the first lovely, supple sip. The longer it's open, the more the density and structure come into play, elongating the finish and highlighting vibrant, pure fruit and savory tones. - Marcus

Walter Scott Justice Vineyard Pinot noir 2017
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
We've been really excited to have Justice Vineyard in the mix, as have Ken and Erica. It is, after all, their backyard! This wine is all about interplay: savory and sweet, creamy and structured, top and bottom notes. Working together to create an expressive, floral, beauty which unfurls with crushed berries, sweet spice, winter orange and savory earth that cascades through the long finish. - Marcus 

Walter Scott Dubay Pinot noir 2017
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
Intensely aromatic in its purple flower and orange oil perfume, it manages to hold you captive with that pretty side while delivering a deep base of electric dark fruits and back-end structure. After several days it continues walking the tightrope of pretty and powerful and should provide fascinating drinking over the next decade. Sadly, the last Dubay Vineyard bottling for the foreseeable future and you should grab it accordingly. - Marcus

Walter Scott Freedom Hill Pinot noir 2017
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
Ken coaxes the more elegant side from Freedom Hill, proving in the process that there is indeed one. Still more Darth Vader-y, sporting blue and black fruits, violets, and super-fine tannin that helps frame the finish. After four days open, this wine is still rich, dense, and energetic and should enjoy a long life in the cellar. - Marcus

Walter Scott Sequitur Pinot noir 2017
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
Sequitur is one of the most exciting young vineyards in the entire Willamette Valley; it is situated next to Beaux Freres's Upper Terrace and, not coincidentally, owned and farmed by Mike Etzel. So welcoming in its aromas and flavors, Sequitur is the wine to open tonight. You'll be rewarded by the juicy goodness of bountiful summer red berries, texturally round and soft. Sold out at the winery so if you want some you better speak up today. - Marcus

Stay tuned for the whole Chardonnay line-up and/or see all of them here...also, there are magnums of every wine available -- email or call to order.