2016 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Estate Dundee Hills

Floral, spicy Dundee Hills Pinot

2016 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Estate Dundee Hills

Sokol Blosser’s Estate Pinot Noir was hand harvested at Brix levels from 22 to 26 degrees, hand sorted, de-stemmed, and fermented in a mix of steel and oak tank. Most lots were pressed at dryness, but a small portion continued to macerate for a month. The wine aged in French oak barrels, one-third new, for a year and a half.

The results are classic Dundee Hills Pinot. The aromatics showcase the florality of the Pommard, Wadenswill, and 667 clones, but the overarching theme is the red earth I associate with this region — a dusty, cinnamon-inflected sensibility overplayed with a reductive note, quite charming, which presents as cold steel and wet rocks.

This 2016 feels like a ripe wine that breathes flowers and fruit, and it may age well for several years. Serve it now with rare tender meats, roasted dark poultry, salmon, or medium-aged cheeses.

 

2016 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Estate Dundee Hills

13.5% abv | $40 (sample)

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