Dundee Hills Pinot Gris Sokol Blosser Oregon £ Premier .99 2006

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Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in 1971 in the Dundee Hills. Back then there was no Oregon wine industry. Now Dundee, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, is the epicentre of Oregon Pinot Noir. Sokol Blosser estate vineyards are farmed organically and should receive full USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) organic certification in 2005. Local organic straw, organic cow and horse manure, grape pomace from the crush and organic rock phosphate contribute to the composting. The insect population is kept in check by a resident flock of bluebirds. The vineyards have been certified "green" by LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology, an international certification). And the underground barrel cellar, built to US Green Building Council standards, became the first winery in the country to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Pinot Noir thrives at Sokol Blosser and the exceptional red jory soils of the Dundee provide a good home. The vines range up to 30 years old and careful hand-sorting of fruit ensures that only perfectly ripe fruit makes it to the fermentation stage. Winemaker Russ Rosner uses an original technique for producing full-flavoured wines allowing for a post-fermentation soak of up to three weeks resulting in soft, supple tannins and a more complex wine. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels for approximately sixteen months followed by a further year in bottle. Aromas and flavours of black cherry, liquorice and mocha, smooth and supple, long and elegant. This fragrant wine would be pleasant lightly chilled and served with salmon, pork or mushroom risotto.

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Sokol Blosser Winery:
When our parents Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, they needed all of their youthful self-confidence, energy and determination to make their way because there was no wine industry in Oregon. Today, with over 300 wineries and more than 13,000 acres of vineyards, Oregon wines are available throughout the world. Sokol Blosser has survived, grown and prospered ... Read more
When our parents Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, they needed all of their youthful self-confidence, energy and determination to make their way because there was no wine industry in Oregon. Today, with over 300 wineries and more than 13,000 acres of vineyards, Oregon wines are available throughout the world. Sokol Blosser has survived, grown and prospered as a family-owned and run operation, and we are proud to have been part of developing and shaping Oregon's now prominent wine industry. We strive to create wines of world class quality that are produced sustainably, mindful of the environment and your health, and that express the distinctive flavors of our hillside vineyards. Sokol Blosser wines reflect who we are – our values and our sense of place. We hope you enjoy them. Read less
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Member Reviews for Dundee Hills Pinot Gris Sokol Blosser Oregon £ Premier .99

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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4.00 5
02/14/2013

a seasonal wine, there are some orange characteristics, subtle citrus notes with bright red fruits and a little cantoulope. Stacks up with a rose from Provence and I know that's the goal!


Snooth User: jjknight38
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2.50 5
01/03/2008

Good, clean and crisp with nice strawberry nose. Doesn't finish well, but for what it's worth fits the role as "crowd pleaser". Take to a family gathering and it will be a hit.


Snooth User: Alexr79
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4.50 5
01/23/2010

This wine is truly an elegant pinot noir. Even in a vintage like 2006 where many Oregon wineries were producing pinot noirs as robust as cabernet, Sokol Blosser remains consistent to their style of producing pinot noir that is delecate, elegant, and layered. Cherries and raspberries evolve into sweet layers of fruit flavored candy while maintaining a perfect balance of flavors, mild earthinaess, and acidity


Snooth User: woogapdx
30086110
2.00 5
08/20/2007

A good "on your way to a party, stop at New Seasons choice". Starts well, but the finish is off and a little funky.


Snooth User: fullofsecrets
3766567
5.00 5
04/18/2011

I'm not sure this was the exact vintage (it might have been an '05 or an '07), but this was a delicious pinot noir, with interesting earthy characteristics that added an Old World undertone.


Snooth User: coxy9114
111444918
4.50 5
07/14/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Dundee Hills Pinot Gris Sokol Blosser Oregon £ Premier .99

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
01/15/2010

Sokol Blosser has been producing stellar Pinot Noir from their Dundee Hills vineyards for over 30 years. In 2005, Dundee Hills was recognized with its own AVA within the Willamette Valley because of outstanding wines like this one with aromas of raspberry, black cherry, truffles and loam. Aged 16 months in French oak, on the palate it shows ripe berry and dusty cocoa that linger on the finish. The Wine Spectator scored it 90 points and said “Light and open-textured, with an earthy edge to the pretty raspberry and tangerine aromas and flavors, finishing silky.”


External Review
10/06/2009

At this very early stage in this wine's development the flavors and aromas are mostly fruit-based: predominately black cherry and raspberry. There is a dusty cola/mocha component from the oak which has not yet fully integrated with the rest of the aromas but given some time should incorporate seamlessly and contribute another dimension. In another few months the distinctive Sokol Blosser earth and truffle secondary flavors and aromas will begin to appear the middle will round out the finish will lengthen and the wine will become more evolved and complex. WS90.


External Review
10/06/2009

90WS no further case discount


External Review
05/22/2009

This Oregon Pinot spends 16 months in French oak and is a lovely expression of this variety.



Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in 1971 in the Dundee Hills. Back then there was no Oregon wine industry. Now Dundee, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, is the epicentre of Oregon Pinot Noir. Sokol Blosser estate vineyards are farmed organically and should receive full USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) organic certification in 2005. Local organic straw, organic cow and horse manure, grape pomace from the crush and organic rock phosphate contribute to the composting. The insect population is kept in check by a resident flock of bluebirds. The vineyards have been certified "green" by LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology, an international certification). And the underground barrel cellar, built to US Green Building Council standards, became the first winery in the country to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Pinot Noir thrives at Sokol Blosser and the exceptional red jory soils of the Dundee provide a good home. The vines range up to 30 years old and careful hand-sorting of fruit ensures that only perfectly ripe fruit makes it to the fermentation stage. Winemaker Russ Rosner uses an original technique for producing full-flavoured wines allowing for a post-fermentation soak of up to three weeks resulting in soft, supple tannins and a more complex wine. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels for approximately sixteen months followed by a further year in bottle. Aromas and flavours of black cherry, liquorice and mocha, smooth and supple, long and elegant. This fragrant wine would be pleasant lightly chilled and served with salmon, pork or mushroom risotto.

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