“Medium ruby, the 2021 Pinot Noir Cuvée Ruth has alluring aromas of cranberry sauce, rhubarb, orange and woodsmoke with generous botanical nuances. The light-bodied palate is chalky and fresh, loaded with perfumed berry fruit, and it has a long, ethereal finish. 500 cases were made.”-95WA, 2023-2033
Walter Scott Wines is a family-owned winery located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It was founded in 2008 by husband and wife team Erica Landon and Ken Pahlow. Ken had always dreamed of starting his own wine label, and Erica inspired him to make his dream come true. The two partners emptied their meager retirement accounts to get started, and they began making wine in the basement of their home.
Their first vintage, La Combe Verte Pinot Noir, was released in 2009. The wine was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to put the winery on the map. In the years since, Walter Scott Wines has continued to grow and expand. The winery now produces a variety of wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling.
Walter Scott Wines is committed to making high-quality wines that express the terroir of the Willamette Valley. The winery sources its grapes from carefully selected vineyards, and it uses traditional winemaking methods. Walter Scott Wines is also committed to sustainable practices, and it is a member of the Oregon Winegrowers Association’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program.
The name Walter Scott honors two people who meant the world to Ken. Walter, Ken’s grandfather, was a flight engineer for Trans World Airlines. Walter was a dynamic and adventurous man who always strived to make his dreams come true. Scott was Ken’s nephew. Scott was a fearless young man who never shied away from anything. The names Walter and Scott represent the spirit of adventure and the pursuit of excellence that is at the heart of Walter Scott Wines.
Walter Scott Wines is a winery that is built on family, tradition, and a passion for winemaking. The winery is committed to making high-quality wines that express the terroir of the Willamette Valley. Walter Scott Wines is a winery that is worth seeking out.