Sokol Blosser Dundee Pinot Noir (750ml)
Founded by Susan Sokol and Bill Blosser, they planted their first vines in Dundee Hills, Williamette Valley back in 1971, long before any sort of wine industry was established in Oregon. Nestled on an 89 acre estate (Sokol Blosser tends to 128 acres total) with the famous volcanic red Jory soil, the winery became B Corp Certified in 2015 (High social and environmental performance, legal commitment, and transparency are just a few things that describe the certification) and continue to commit themselves to sustainable practices in both business and vineyard. Sokol Blosser also became the first US winery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, further cementing their commitments.
With their primary focus on the varietals that have become so synonymous with Oregon (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Riesling), in 1998 the Evolution label debuted and has since grown tenfold. Starting with the Pinot Noir, the label has expanded to include Chardonnay, red and white blends, and even boxed wine.
With the typical delicate fruit characteristics associated with this varietal, they’re appropriately balanced with structure and age-ability. Perfumed floral aromatics with red berries and some dark fruit, the palate is rich with dark fruit, dried currant, a hint of cinnamon, leather, and spice for some oak treatment. Pair this with a variety of soft and hard cheeses, richer duck dishes, and a plethora of chicken fare.
100% Pinot Noir, the grapes were harvested at a range of ripeness of ~21.5-25°Brix. Sorted by hand to remove any flawed bunches and de-stemmed directly into either 3-ton stainless steel fermenters or 2.5-ton oak upright fermenters, b=nearly 50% of the fermentations were done using either isolates from the Sokol Blosser native yeast program or were ambient/uninoculated ferments. Cap management was done via gentle punch downs up to 2 times per day, post fermentation 7% of the blend was kept on its skins for 40+ days for extended maceration with the remaining portion pressed off the skins at dryness (~15-20 days of skin contact time). Aged in 100% French oak barrels for 17 months with minimal SO2 levels, 23% of the blend was aged in new oak barrels with the remaining portion aged in once used or neutral oak.
Fun Fact: The closure used for this wine, called Origine by DIAM is a major technological and environmental advancement. Made from cork, beeswax emulsion and 100% vegetable polyols, Sokol Blosser was the first winery in the world to place an order for Origine by DIAM.