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2008 Scott Paul Wines, La Paulee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

The Tasting Room, Formerly a Creamery Built In 1915, Image by doubledcop (flickr)

Scott Paul Wines was founded by Martha and Scott Wright back in 1999.  At twelve years of age this producer has quite an interesting history.  Originally located in California the interest in making wine in Oregon brought Scott to Oregon in 2001where he was the Managing Directory of Domaine Drouhin.  The production of the Scott Paul Wines was then moved to Carlton Winemakers Studio for the 2003-2005 vintages.  This period also saw Cameron Healy, of the famous Kettle Chips, join as a partner.  They bought two buildings, a granary built in 1900 for the Madsen Grain Company and a creamery built in 1915. The renovation of the buildings to create a new winery and tasting room was completed during the summer of 2006.  At the same time they launched Scott Paul Selections which imports wine from over 20 producers located in Burgundy and Champagne.  They winery now produces 2,000 cases of wine per year.

Momtazi Vineyard, Image by voodoovintner (flickr)

This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards located in three different AVAs.  The biodynamic Maresh Vineyard is located at the top of Dundee Hills AVA.  The Ribbon Ridge Vineyard is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA.  The certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard is located in the McMinnville AVA.  The grapes were fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for 10 months in 20% new French oak.

Celebrating at La Paulee, Image from Nicolemma

This wine is named after La Paulee de Meursault.  On the third Monday of November a six-hour lunch is held that celebrates the end of the harvest in Burgundy.  Approximately 700 winemakers, cellarworkers, and a few wine lovers gather to eat and drink outstanding bottles of wine.  The winemakers bring very good bottles of wine to share with everyone.  Apparently, no spitting of these rare and old wines is allowed!  For those who cannot obtain tickets there are La Paulee celebrations organized by Daniel Johannes.  These events are open to all but the price is steep, expect to spent thousands of dollars on the tickets and bring your oldest bottle of Romanee-Conti.

I bought this wine at Soul Wine during the Happy Hour Pricing.  With the full retail price around $35, the sale price of $30 is excellent.  If you are looking for an Oregon Pinot Noir that you can drink now then opt for the Beaux Freres Les Cousins, Lemelson Thea’s Selection, or Aubichon.  But if you are willing to wait a few years then grab some of the La Paulee and stick them in your cellar.

2008 Scott Paul Wines, La Paulee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
This wine has a nose of red fruit.  In the mouth the flavors of gritty, red fruit are mixed with fine, dusty tannins.  This was a young wine, that remained tight in flavor.  It did develop a little incense note that combined nicely with the red and blue fruit flavors.  There were some spices towards the finish.  I would highly recommend cellaring this wine for several years.