Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Sokol Blosser Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2015

The Sokol Blosser family were pioneers of Oregon winemaking, planting their first vines in 1971. The winery is now run by the second generation, siblings Alison and Alex Sokol Blosser, who share their parents' respect for the soil and the vines. They described this 2015 Pinot Gris as "our signature white wine of Oregon." The grapes were hand picked, hand sorted, whole cluster pressed and aged for four weeks in stainless steel, followed by another three months on the lees. The result is a prime example of Pinot Gris.

Brilliant gold. Smells and tastes young, even at age 5. Apples, pears, flowers. Good weight on the palate. Rich, creamy texture but with great acidity. I have kept this wine for several years but suspect it is just now coming into its window of prime drinking. Excellent value for Oregon Pinot Gris; it goes on my buy list.

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