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Walter Scott, 'Temperance Hill Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2021
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Walter Scott, 'Temperance Hill Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2021

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As you can imagine, we taste a lot of local Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We are fortunate to be afforded an insight into each vintage and more importantly, have acquired an insider's knowledge of the Willamette Valley's distinct AVA's and single vineyard bottlings. The phrase 'Burgundian in style' has become a cliché at this point, yet for as often as it is used to describe Oregon wine, there are only a few producers that manage to achieve it. Walter Scott is one of them.

The fires of 2020 were devastating for Walter Scott. Sadly, there was no Pinot Noir produced (side note: on the bright side, his prized fruit was used to craft the best local rosé Andy and I have ever had!). When tasting through the lineup of these newly released 2021's another phrase came to mind: 'You don't know what you have until it's gone'. As we are all recovering from 2020 in general, a deeper appreciation has set in for the things that we once took for granted. This thought raced through my mind as each of the wines we tasted were excellent as expected. This was no surprise for a Walter Scott lineup, but it struck me that consistency is not something that we should get used to, it's an achievement to be celebrated.

Cuvee notes: Aromas of underripe strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, eucalyptus and iron reveal a mineral forward, juicy/silky texture with velvety tannins that leave a spicy toned, long finish with hints of dried herbs. Incredibly food friendly yet equally enjoyable on its own.

United States
Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir
10% Whole cluster fermented, aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (40% new).