Next year signals the 35th anniversary of the Sokol Blossers first planting the vineyards that would set them on the path to becoming one of the Oregon wine industry’s most important families. Second-generation winemaker Alex Sokol Blosser used certified organic grapes to create his family’s flagship offering, and he shows a deft touch with the 16 months of French barrels, 40% of them new. A sense of Burgundy style shows with aromas of raspberry, red currant and smoked plum fruitiness, joined by violets, fresh thyme, black pepper, light chocolate and earthiness. Luscious currant and President plum flavors are met by pulsating acidity and elegant tannins. Starting with the 2013 vintage, all of the Pinot Noir he produces will be done with estate grapes. And earlier this year, Alex and his CEO/sister Alison brought all sales and marketing efforts within their company, which should make it easier to fans across the country to find these bottlings.
Production: 7,600 cases