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Sokol Blosser is one of the pioneering estates of the Oregon state wine industry. In 1971 when Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser began converting an old prune orchard into a vineyard they became one of five bonded wineries in the region. In the ensuing decades Oregon’s wine industry has grown (today there are over 500 wineries), changed and blossomed with Sokol Blosser at the forefront. Leading by example in their quest to produce exceptional wines while also promoting social and...
Crisp and vibrant, this wine features aromas of white peach, jasmine and spring rain. Nectarines, fresh melon and bright acidity are prominent on the palate with a lingering rhubarb flavor on the finish.
Grapes were sourced from the Concert block, specifically the Middle and South sections, as it contributes desired characteristics: low phenolics, bright delicate fruit, minerality and floral characters. The majority of this vineyard section is a sedimentary soil called Missoula flood soil, which lends itself to producing pinot noir that is lighter and delicate — perfection for a rosé. The vines are farmed in these blocks to intentionally produce more tons per acre than the top tier pinot noir blocks. To achieve this higher tonnage they arched the canes, increasing the number of buds per vine, equating more clusters per vine. This method of training the vines minimizes development of overly ripe, juicy flavors from appearing in the rosé. By retaining acid, they are able to keep a bright, delicate style rosé.
The grapes were carefully hand harvested, de-stemmed and loaded into the press where the juice soaked on the skins for four to six hours. It was then gently pressed to minimize extraction of tannins from the skins.
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Light brilliant orange. Musky red berry and floral scents are complemented by a spicy note that builds steadily in the glass. Shows very good heft as well as energy to the red currant, strawberry and candied rose flavors, which tighten up nicely on the back half. Finishes silky and quite long, with repeating red fruit character and an exotic touch of star anise.See detailed press review