94 points Wine Advocate: "The 2020 Chardonnay Bois - Moi opens with flinty tones that give way to plush yellow orchard fruits and wafts of beeswax. Medium-bodied, it has broad, honeyed fruits enlivened by bright acidity, and there's a touch of texture that lengthens the finish.
Walter Scott made only two Chardonnays in 2020: eight barrels of Freedom Hill and Bois-Moi (which means drink me). All of the other juice that’s normally destined for exquisite single vineyard Chards is in here. That alone makes this a new discovery in value terms but then you sink into it and...sploosh! Like a waterslide of aromas and flavors, the whole wine slides down so easily because of the beautiful texture. Bois-Moi now!
We have a shared vision of Willamette Valley Chardonnay with Walter Scott; we've all been early and vocal proponents of the grape's potential here. Beautifully generous fruit, complexity and structure, you get it all. Now, time to get it. - Marcus
Winery notes: We believe in Willamette Valley Chardonnay. This classic variety has an important place in our region and at Walter Scott, not in the replication of other inspirational regions, but in its own distinctive style, with its own compelling voice. Chardonnay is a grape which has the ability to translate our unique geology in the same way Pinot noir does. Through thoughtful farming and cellar practices, we strive to allow Chardonnay to reach its powerful Willamette Valley potential.
Our approach to Chardonnay pays attention to texture and structure, translating site and vintage. In 2020 the grapes were crushed and pressed quickly, under gentle pressure to liberate the juice from the skins as quickly as possible. The juice was fermented with 100% ambient yeast and full malolactic conversion in large barrels with very little bâtonnage. The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling to brighten aromatics and give us a polished finish. The result is a chardonnay showcasing density and precision. The nose highlights evolving layers of exotic aromas reminiscent of fresh tangerine, nectarine and meyer lemon, with the palate providing a richly textured wine with mineral and saline characters on the finish.
Vineyards: Freedom Hill and Loubejac (Willamette Valley), Hyland (McMinnville), Koosah, Seven Springs, and X Novo (Eola-Amity Hills).