Scott Paul Wines

Scott Wright of Scott Paul Wines on His Passion for Pinot

About

Our mission is to hand-craft small lots of exquisite Pinot Noir. To us that means wines that are focused on elegance and finesse, the benchmarks of what we consider to be the very heart and soul of Pinot Noir. The goal is wines that will seduce you, rather than hit you over the head. Think Audrey Hepburn, rather than Pamela Anderson. We produce a few different Oregon Pinot Noirs, the number of which depends on the character of the vintage and what each of our individual vineyards gave us that year. Our total annual production averages under 2,000 cases. Every vintage we produce our two mainstay wines, Audrey and La Paulée. In addition to our Oregon Pinot Noirs, our tasting flight includes a rotating selection of Burgundies — and occasionally Champagne too — that we import from small domaines in France. Red Burgundies are produced in the Burgundy region of France from the same grape we grow here — Pinot Noir — allowing us to offer visitors the unique opportunity to taste New World Pinot from Oregon and Old World Pinot from Burgundy side by side.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Carlton, Oregon.

Contact

Fax: 503-852-7305

Features

  • Our mission is to spread the gospel of pure, elegant, graceful Pinot Noir to wine lovers everywhere.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 30.00

History

We sold our house in LA, loaded up the cars and drove to Yountville and launched Scott Paul Wines in 1999 with a burning passion, much to learn, contracts for highly coveted fruit, small investments from a few folks who believed in us, and most importantly, the tutelage of Greg LaFollette, a dear friend and mentor. That fall we crushed 7 tons of fruit, and the following year bottled 350 cases of the first Scott Paul wines. Scott said that there were 3 restaurants in the entire US that he wanted to carry our wines…French Laundry in Yountville, CA, Rubicon in San Francisco, CA, and Vertitas in New York, NY. And darn if he didn’t get our ’99s on the list at all three restaurants!

It wasn’t long though before Oregon’s cooler climate and great success with Pinot Noir lured us to the Willamette Valley. We began our Oregon winemaking starting with the 2000 vintage, and Scott took a position as Managing Director of Domaine Drouhin Oregon in 2001. We moved our production to the Carlton Winemakers Studio for the 2003-2005 vintages.

In 2003, Cameron Healy, founder of Kettle Chips, dear friend & mentor, became a partner in Scott Paul Wines. We were ready to have control over our winemaking environment and to grow our small brand, so we devised plans to build a new winery facility and tasting room. Excited by the opportunity to participate in Carlton’s rejuvenation, we bought two historic buildings and began their renovation in 2005. Our winery is housed in a repurposed granary, the former Madsen Grain Company, built in 1900, while our brick tasting room was originally a creamery, built in 1915. Renovation was completed just in time to open our doors in June 2006, and to start making wine in our new facility that fall. That same year we launched our import company, first bringing in exceptional wines from small family domaines in Burgundy, and then just two years later, adding stellar grower Champagnes to the mix.

We are absolutely passionate about the Oregon Pinots we make AND about the Burgundies and Champagnes that we import, and it is our mission and joy to share that passion with others. Our entire program — our tasting rooms, our events, our classes, our clubs and even our annual small group tours in Burgundy and Champagne — are designed to allow you, our guest, to learn so that you can enjoy these wine adventures as much as we have.

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Hours

Thursday-Sunday 12-5pm

Address

128 South Pine St.
Carlton, Oregon 97111
United States

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