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Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris Dundee Hills Dundee Hills Cuvée 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

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. All the grapes for the Pinot Gris come from vineyard-owned fruit in the Dundee Hills area. The grapes are not de-stemmed, but pressed as whole clusters and given a slow, cool stainless steel tank fermentation lasting about a month. This was followed by an extended period of lees contact prior to blending and bottling in February of 2004. The result is a wine with a firm, focused steely backbone and a creamy lushness. Now, at about 14 months post-bottling, while still exhibiting the primary fresh fruit characters of apple, pear and citrus it is just beginning to show the complex secondary earth, mineral and spice flavours and aromas that will continue to develop over the next few years. The mid-palate is fleshing out and the finish is beginning to lengthen. Pinot Gris is a versatile food wine and is particularly good with shellfish, chicken, quiches, goat's cheese and smoked fish.

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

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. All the grapes for the Pinot Gris come from vineyard-owned fruit in the Dundee Hills area. The grapes are not de-stemmed, but pressed as whole clusters and given a slow, cool stainless steel tank fermentation lasting about a month. This was followed by an extended period of lees contact prior to blending and bottling in February of 2004. The result is a wine with a firm, focused steely backbone and a creamy lushness. Now, at about 14 months post-bottling, while still exhibiting the primary fresh fruit characters of apple, pear and citrus it is just beginning to show the complex secondary earth, mineral and spice flavours and aromas that will continue to develop over the next few years. The mid-palate is fleshing out and the finish is beginning to lengthen. Pinot Gris is a versatile food wine and is particularly good with shellfish, chicken, quiches, goat's cheese and smoked fish.

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