VOLUME 10, ISSUE 8
April 20, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Onward Wines: Pinot Noir & Pet-Nat Too Pellegrini Wine Company & Olivet Lane Vineyard: New Incarnation of a Heritage Estate Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir, Rosé & Chardonnay 2013 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay: Part of the New Wave in Oregon Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal:-Faith Armstrong-Foster of Onward Wines
Sokol Blosser Winery
Sokol Blosser Winery is one of Oregon's oldest and largest wineries, founded by Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser in 1977. The Sokol Blossers first planted grapes in the Dundee Hills in 1971. They borrowed equipment and started with five acres.
The winery, vineyards and tasting room are located off Highway 99W in the Dundee Hills appellation of the Willamette Valley. The winery has been a leader in research into vineyard cover crops, crop load, canopy management, and sustainable vineyard and winery practices. Their barrel cellar was the first winery building in the country to attain LEED certification.
Since 2008, second-generation siblings, Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser, are now at the helm. Alex became vineyard manager in 2006 when his mother retired and the head winemaker in 2014. Winemaker Russ Rosner, who had been at the winery 15 years retired. Alex draws from a 125-acre certified organic estate vineyard. Alison is the head of sales and marketing.
Sokol Blosser features a walk-through showcase vineyard for visitors including a self-guided tour. There are beautiful views of the Willamette Valley from the deck and picnic grounds. Wines are available online.
Articles About Sokol Blosser Winery
NV Sokol Blosser Winery Evolution American White Wine
12.0% alc., residual sugar 1.2%, $15. A blend of 9 white varietals including Pinot Gris, White Riesling, Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Müller- Thurgau, Semillon, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner and Chardonnay. 17th edition. Fermented in 100% stainless steel, fff dry. · A unique wine that offers no special varietal correctness. The aromas are complex and include lemon, dried mango, honeysuckle, pastry cream and roasted almonds. On the palate, the delicately flavored wine is bright and easy to like, with tastes of pineapple, pear eau de vie, spice and citrus infused with bright, refreshing acidity and a very slight finishing sweetness. Very versatile at the table, and can shine with Thai curry, Tandoori chicken, spicy tune rolls or baked sole with lemon butter. Score: 88. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $38. Extended maceration and 16 months of barrel aging. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Bright cherry aromas with generous oak overlay. Generous and forward, with a charge of ripe cherry fruit on the mid palate, holding on through a fruitdriven finish. Better oak integration on the palate. Score: 88-89. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
1999 Sokol Blosser Winery
This Salud cuvee consisted of 12 cases of Pinot Noir. Delicate crimson in color. Cherries and spice are featured in the aromas and flavors with a slightly tart finish. Holding up beautifully with brightness and vigor. Tasted November 7, 2008. Reviewed --/--/--
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