Scott Paul Wines has tasting rooms in Carlton and Portland. Their Carlton tasting room has much shorter tasting room hours, but are open more often as a retail store than a tasting room. I went to their Carlton tasting room as a fresh face to the wine industry, but even then I could tell that their imported Burgundy was amazing. I was more fond of white and red Burgundy than Scott Paul’s rendition of them, but it was a valuable comparison.
My favorite was the Buisson-Charles, along with any of the white Burgundy (Chardonnay) he imports. I have yet to have a bad imported white from their tasting room.This is a good experience for those who want to taste Pinot Noir from the two best places to grow it. Red Burgundy is Pinot Noir from Burgundy, white Burgundy is Chardonnay from Burgundy.
Visit them in Portland Friday evenings between 5 to 8 p.m. at 2537 NW Upshur St, Portland 97210, or in their Carlton tasting room Saturday noon to 5 p.m. 128 S. Pine St, Carlton 97111. If you are just looking to purchase some bottles without tasting, they are open in Carlton Tuesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. as well.
August 10, 2013 edit ||
I revisited Scott Paul and their amazing French imports! They were pouring four wines today, a 2010 white Burgundy from Domaine Thibert (in St. Véran, Champ Rond), two Scott Paul Pinot noirs and a 2011 red Burgundy from Domaine JJ Confuron (in Côtes de Nuits-Villages, les Vognottes). The St. Véran was crisp and fills your mouth with almost a tingly sensation that had a nice spicy finish. It was refreshing, and I actually got another bottle they had for sale from the same winery (Domaine Thibert) except this was a Mâcon-Prissé from En Chailloux (can’t wait to try it).
The Scott Paul Pinot noirs were good as well. The 2010 La Paulée had earth, soil and some herbal notes (almost like the same finish you’d get from well-seasoned lamb). It was a little bitter at the end on the edges of my tongue. The 2011 Long Run Pinot noir had pepper, a great finish, some purple fruit and perhaps a little plum?
I am a fan of that bunny on the label, by the way.
The 2011 Côtes de Nuits was amazing. Rich and complex, structured and will age, but is readily drinkable now. It had blackberry and a hint of citrus, like almost a grapefruit sensation at the front of my tongue.