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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...
The 2013 Big Tree Block Pinot Noir exhibits flavors of clove, black cherry and fresh cranberry followed by a savoury finish.
2013 was the driest year since 1985, which was one of the best years for Pinot Noir at Sokol Blosser. The vines got off to an early start with bud break happening three weeks earlier than normal. The couple inches of rain in early September ended the humid summer, and it quickly turned hot and dry. Harvest started early on September 10th and continued for 5 weeks making it the longest harvest in the last decade.
The single block program showcases variation and nuanced expressions of the different vineyards on the estate. All fruit for this program is grown in the Jory soils of the Dundee Hills. The grapes are harvested when the phenolic, sugar and acid strike the right balance, with the main focus on the flavour development. After aging, each barrel is tasted and hand selected by Winemaker Alex Sokol Blosser.
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Neal Martin, April 2016
The 2013 Big Tree Pinot Noir was picked on September 13 from the estate's 13- to 15-year-old vines and after fermentation in three-ton open-top fermenters, it was raised in French oak for 17 months, 38% new wood. This is bestowed an earthy, forest floor-scented bouquet, touches of flint and damp undergrowth infusing the red brambly fruit. The palate turns volt face: much smoother and silky in texture with vibrant, lush red cherry and strawberry fruit laced with white pepper and hints of dried blood. This is a very complex Pinot Noir that is an absolute treat, a cerebral wine that will give a decade's worth of pleasure.See detailed press review