Sokol Blosser is one of Oregon’s oldest wineries (1971) with a long history of excellent Pinor Noir production under its Dundee Hills belt. Its famous red soil suits many grape varieties, and Sokol Blosser used to make a radically different, but very tasty, red called Meditrina. Their newest red blend, Evolution, (now in its second vintage) follows a similar path. I’m not sure if Evolution also features Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel (!), but, having now tasted it, I wouldn’t be surprised. This is a fanciful bottling–sleek, smooth and sexy!
Evolution 2nd Edition, Sokol Blosser Winery, Dundee Hills, Oregon $17 srp
Mid-summer nose of powerful floral scents, with baked stone, coffee and spicy berry notes. A soft, elegant mouth texture with savory plum, cherry and generous meaty elements. Very smooth, lingering finish. Could take a little chill if consumed at a cookout. Daringly different and enjoyable. Drink now-2014.
2011 Pinot Gris, Sokol Blosser, Willamette Valley $20 srp
Yellow-grey glint of color. A charming, lithe nose w/lush tropical elements held in check by a steely “cut” on the nose. Totally inviting with suggestions of banana and Passion Fruit. Very dry mouth entry with crisp green apple fruit and mouth-cleansing structure. A great foil for oily fish or simple roast poultry.
Evolution White, 16th edition, Sokol Blosser $17 srp
Low key, gentle nose of melon, pear and juicy apple. Somewhat Vouvray-like, hinting at light sweetness. Lilting fruit elements on a linear, just off-dry palate. Good acids on the refreshing finish and a good bet for summer pasta or Quinoa salads or grilled shrimp. Most pleasing.