Willamette Valley AVA
350 cases produced
elatively new winery Walter Scott was started by Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon, both long time veterans in Oregon’s wine industry. Ken earned his stripes while working at St. Innocent Winery, Patricia Green Cellars and Evening Land Vineyard so he’s a seasoned winemaker after over twenty years in the Willamette Valley. Erica has headed wine programs at iconic Oregon restaurants including; Timberline Lodge, The Dundee Bistro, Ten 01 and finally Bruce Carey’s suite of Portland dining establishments blue hour, clarklewis and Saucebox. And the wines they produce together are thoughtful, intentional and expressive, much like the couple themselves.
The Cuveé Ruth is made from the best barrels in the winery using fruit from some of the most respected vineyards in the Willamette Valley. And stellar grapes do in fact create exceptional wines!
This vintage was aged for 14 months in French oak barrels with 30% of those being new. On the nose, we smelled the classic Willamette Valley Pinot noir aromas of fresh bing cherries and earthy forest floor, along with some bourbon-soaked cherries. In our mouths, we found this wine to be delicate, yet structured with flavors of cedar, plums and unripe raspberries. Those bing cherries and forest floor from the aroma also made an appearance on our palates. The wine finished with a healthy dose of freshly cracked black pepper, making us think it would be incredibly food-friendly.
We would suggest pairing this Pinot noir with roasted goose, wild salmon or a creamy meat and veggie pot pie.