Walter Scott La Combe Verte Pinot Noir 2021

Walter Scott La Combe Verte Pinot Noir 2021

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Loaded with lush black cherries and fresh summer berries—equal parts lively and slurpable—you'll want to dive right in. The '21 expands toward and through the finish with savory-sweet earth tones and a lovely burst of freshness that plays perfectly off the dense and delicious fruit. Buy a case, drink half now-ish and continue the fun for years to come. -Marcus

The 2021 La Combe Verte is composed from the volcanic Eola-Amity Hills vineyards of Justice, Koosah, Sojeau and Witness Tree, blended with the old vine fruit from the powerful, marine sedimentary soil of Freedom Hill Vineyard.

Fermented with ambient yeast and aged in barrels for 10 months, the resulting wine is a lush and beautiful example of the 2021 vintage, immediately appealing for early drinking, but layered with power and structure to age. The inviting nose suggests ripe red and black fruits, summer flowers and warm, earthy spices. The dense fruit, succulent tannins and juicy acidity all come together to produce what we feel is a lovely and balanced example of what the Willamette Valley gave us in 2021.

2019 vintage notes

The 2019 La Combe Verte is composed from the volcanic Eola-Amity Hills vineyards of Justice, Lewman, Sojeau and X Novo, blended with their north valley counterparts of Stardance and Black Walnut Vineyards. The finishing touch is the old vine fruit from the powerful, marine sedimentary soil of Freedom Hill Vineyard. 

2018 vintage notes

The most Willamette-Valley of La Combe Verte Pinots, the '18 blends all the right parts from the valley, from top notch Eola-Amity Hills bright and savory goodness to Ribbon Ridge's lushness, to Dundee Hills sweet red fruits and baking spices, to Freedom Hill's power. At once engaging and surprisingly stacked in its structure, here's your window into 2018 -- you'll love the view. - Marcus

The 2018 La Combe Verte is composed from the volcanic Eola-Amity Hills vineyards of Lewman and Sojourner, blended with their north valley counterparts of Sequitur and Red Hills Estate Vineyards. The finishing touch is the old vine fruit from the powerful, marine sedimentary Freedom Hill Vineyard. 

2017 vintage notes

The 2017 La Combe Verte is composed primarily from the volcanic Eola-Amity Hills vineyards of Clos des Oiseaux, Justice, Prophet and Sojourner with the marine sediment of Freedom Hill tying it all together. 

2016 vintage notes

91 points Wine Spectator: "Zesty and savory, with lively, smoky cherry aromas and layered raspberry, white pepper and orange peel flavors that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024."

Like a summer romance, it begins with infatuation: once you sip it, it's all you're going to want to drink. You'll figure out what happens in fall and winter when the time comes but I'll bet that you're still going to be loving La Combe Verte Pinot.

A blend of Freedom Hill, Hope Well, Justice, Sojourner, and Vojtilla vineyards.

2015 vintage note:

Don't think of this as value Pinot. Think of it as awesome Pinot that happens to be well-priced. The perfect marriage of cherries and summer plums, and complementary sweet/savory/spicy elements that make this the kind of thing you want to drink like juice. The average vine-age in this in a whopping 25+ years! From Eola Springs, Freedom Hill, Sojourner, Temperance Hill, and Vojtilla Vineyards. - Marcus

2014 vintage note:

Vibrant, dark and savory, this jumps from the glass. Capturing the immediate allure of a warm vintage like 2014, maintaining balance and freshness, this juice is for real. As for flavors, think black cherries and fresh summer blackberries. 

2012 vintage note: 

An enchanting, wild vibrancy of dark cherries courses through this Pinot. As it builds toward the finish, fresh blackberries and higher toned Eola-Amity spices add accents. Quite the preview at what is to come from Walter Scott's 2012s - drink this while you wait for their reserve bottlings! - Andy

The 2012 vintage is a blend of fruit from Bieze Vineyard, Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard, Eola Springs Vineyard, and Freedom Hill Vineyard.

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