SOKOL BLOSSER, Dundee Hills Organic
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; 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.
Evolution Red is a blend based on Syrah, Montepulciano and Sangiovese with a good dollop of Evolution white added to enhance the floral aromas.
‘delicious, lively wine packed with succulent dark berry fruit. Despite its easy-drinking appeal, this is a wine with a lot to say and a big personality. Blackberries, wild cherries, bramble fruit, black plums, licorice, clove, sweet spices, vanilla cream are but some of the bright, fresh flavours I picked out. Smooth, gentle tannins caress rather than grip on the palate. Juicy finish with moderate length, the main things I noted about this wine were its deliciousness, vibrancy and drinkability.’ Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW