Dundee Hills Pinot Gris Sokol Blosser Oregon £ Premier .99 2006
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.
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!
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.
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
A good "on your way to a party, stop at New Seasons choice". Starts well, but the finish is off and a little funky.
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.
Four and a half glasses
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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.”
This Oregon Pinot spends 16 months in French oak and is a lovely expression of this variety.
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.
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Dietary Information: Organic
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