2013 Scott Paul "La Paulée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $30)

SKU #1384125 91 points Vinous

 Deep red. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying intense red berry and blood orange scents, along with candied rose and allspice highlights. Silky, sweet and incisive on the palate, offering juicy strawberry and floral pastille flavors and a spicy kick of white pepper. Closes very long and nervy; fine-grained tannins lend shape and closing grip. (JR)  (12/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sophisticated and subtle, this lovely wine expresses varietal elegance, with a bouquet of roses and raspberries to begin. The jumble of pretty fruits is framed with citrus peel and a dusting of chocolate. (PG)  (4/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Noir la Paulee comes from fruit sourced from Maresh and Nysa in the Dundee Hills, Azana in Chehalem and from the Ribbon Ridge, matured for ten months in neutral oak. It has a very natural, Côte de Beaune-like bouquet with ample brambly red fruit with hints of black tea developing with aeration. I appreciate the focus and definition here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, smooth in the mouth with just a faint honeyed note. Tart red cherries mingle with redcurrant and strawberry, segueing into a poised and fulsome finish. This should drink well over the next 7-10 years and represents great value. (NM)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

The La Paulée Pinot from Scott Paul is lip-smackingly delicious! A perfect rendition of bright, juicy, brambly, cool-climate Oregon Pinot. The fruit for this wine comes from a couple of the most highly esteemed vineyards in the regions including: Maresh Vineyard (Arterberry Maresh) Nysa Vineyard (Nicholas-Jay / Archery Summit) and Ribbon Ridge Estate Vineyard...all known for $50 single vineyard wines. Beyond the quality of the fruit sources, Scott Paul's winemaker, Ian Burch, was the Assistant Winemaker at Evening Land for 6 years under the mentorship of Burgundian royalty Dominique Lafon! This is an absolute steal. (Ryan Woodhouse—K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2018 | Send Email
A fresh expression of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with elevated notes of tart cherry and strawberry, some wet earth, a gentle spiciness and harmonious acidity. This is polished and precise and normally costs twice the price so get in here and load up the car with as many cases as you can fit. You'll have your holiday wine, weekday wine and gifting ideas all figured out in one quick trip to the store.

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2018 | Send Email
This 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot is pure elegance. Delicate flavors and aromas of cranberry, rose petal, dried violets, and wild strawberry slowly emerge and are joined by more exotic tones of oolong tea and candied citrus. Light to medium weight, it coasts evenly from the first sip to the last. A great example of cool-climate Pinot, this is the perfect choice for those who prefer nuance and finesse in their wine. Sleekly incorporated tannins ensure this 2013 will develop quite nicely for another five to ten years. Oh, and our price is straight up ridiculous. Wonderful things are happening in the world of Oregon Pinot Noir and this is a perfect example.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
Crafted from some of Oregon's great vineyard sources including Maresh and Ribbon Ridge, this is remarkable pedigree for the price. Currant, clove, lavender, and burnt orange highlight impressive aromas that lead to an incredibly pure and balanced palate that hones in on bright and juicy red fruits. The texture is silk and it is a very graceful wine throughout. Drinking beautifully right now right out of the gate, it has all the structure and depth to drink well for another five to ten years, but it is at a terrific spot right now and will be hard to resist at this kind of pricing.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
The Scott Paul is quite a value at $15! This is classic Oregon Pinot Noir. Made in a light, fresh style, the wine has plenty of red fruits mixed with earthy undertones and spice. The wine seems to glide across the palate with a smooth, silky finish. This will pair excellent with lighter fare.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5