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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 10 
ProducerSokol Blosser (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationDundee Hills
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UPC Code(s)088473980500

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 11 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 52 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by wondersofwine on 3/30/2014 & rated 89 points: 14.5% abv. Forms legs on the side of tre glass. Mahagony color, thinning at the rim. Some purple grapeskin notes on the first evening. I thought this might be over-the-hill judging from the taste the first evening, but it opened up and showed me more on the second evening. There is a savory element along with some dark cherry and plum fruit notes. Drinks smoothly with a subtlety that pairs well with meats. (995 views)
 Tasted by PJRobins on 12/25/2013 & rated 93 points: Yum! Raspberry fruit awesome balanced finish (1073 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 2/26/2013: What a NW PN! Clear cherry colour.
Earthy, smokie, chimney nose. Impressive.
Little hottie in the palate yet pleasant and elegant. Long, quite long. A bit one-dimensional anyway.
At this point and at 22€, personally recommended.

¡Menuda PN del Nuevo Mundo! Color Cereza claro.
Nariz terrosa, ahumada, a chimenea. Impresionante.
Un poco calentita en boca aunque agradable y elegante. Larga, muy larga. De todas formas un poco unidimensional.
En este momento y a 22 cucos, la recomiendo personalmente. (2171 views)
 Tasted by WillT on 5/15/2012 & rated 87 points: When I first opened it I thought the bottle might be flawed. acidic and somewhat tart finish. I stuck a cork back in it and drank another Oregon Pinot that night. I went back to it two days later and it had softened and improved. Pallette had begun to integrate, but still not the great bottle I wanted or expected. (2734 views)
 Tasted by pbard on 1/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Big fruit and some barnyard on the nose, sweet red fruit attack on the palette. Definitely reflects the warm year. (3146 views)
 Tasted by bcherniavsky on 9/11/2011 & rated 90 points: took a while for this to open up (4 hrs) but once it did--wow! nose of cherry, spice, earth and barnyard followed by nice balance wine in mouth not complex but good (2713 views)
 Tasted by JasonG on 6/26/2011: Unrated at this point. Drinking young, although it might not appear that way when first opened. I expected nice acid/earth/mushroom, but when first opened it's an intense raspberry bomb. Some of the cherry oil thing going on now too, but with the thinner profile of Pinot. This takes easily 60 minutes to open up, when finally some of the balance and earth creeps back in. This is a food wine, and trending more toward Rotie than Oregon Pinot. Almost like it has some Syrah in it. (2909 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 3/15/2011 & rated 93 points: Light ruby red with viscosity aligned with its 14.5% alcohol. Vibrant and focused. Aromas of earth, strawberry, and match stick continue on to the palate. Long finish. A really beautiful Oregon Pinot Noir that delivers an appreciated step up from others retailing under $30 which I've frequently found to be lacking. (3326 views)
 Tasted by snaff on 3/6/2011 flawed bottle: No rating since there was distinctive oxidation on this bottle resulting in overwhelming prunish sherry flavors. Very disappointing. Hopefully my other bottle will be better. (2254 views)
 Tasted by rosko47 on 12/25/2010 & rated 91 points: Smoky old world earthy nose with lots of berry. Gorgeous balance and beautiful finish. This doesn't have the glory of the 2002 but who cares it's great and still at 42 cdn - it's worth it! Great turkey wine!! (2472 views)
 Tasted by bugdoced on 11/7/2010 & rated 91 points: Food friendly and a delight with cherry,mushroom and a burgundian finish (2480 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 7/27/2010 & rated 86 points: Friends brought this over on 7/27/10. It had an unusual bouquet of cherry, cola, pepper and spice. The palate was sharp and tangy with flavors of cherry, cola, pepper and spice. The pepper was very sharp and unusual for a pinot. (2756 views)
 Tasted by TannicBeast on 6/27/2010 & rated 91 points: New World fruit with Burgundian sensitivities. Red fruit, spice and some earthyness. Very well made. Should improve over the course of the next couple of years. (2796 views)
 Tasted by naso on 5/14/2010 & rated 91 points: Consistant with other note this is a very very nice Pinot and a great value for the price. Can you tell I'm a CPA?

 Tasted by KristianT on 5/1/2010 & rated 89 points: A vertical plus other goodies (Espergaerde): Served blind:

Light colour and not completely transparent. Clear Pinot Noir notes of cabbage.

Pleasant and mature (3707 views)
 Tasted by naso on 4/20/2010 & rated 90 points: Nicely balanced lighter style Pinot (3048 views)
 Tasted by Cacophony82 on 1/31/2010 & rated 91 points: Had without food @ home without a decant. A little peppery at first - nice dark cherry taste - smooth and a little bigger then most pinot's in the <30 range. Will have again. (3216 views)
 Tasted by twofthrs on 1/15/2010 & rated 92 points: Nice cheery on the nose leading to soft candy tannins. Light acidity on the finish. Nicely done. (3218 views)
 Tasted by Rubanyi on 12/19/2009 & rated 90 points: Had bottle at night without food. Excellent silky start and smooth, easy finish. Not a lot of complexity, but a very enjoyable bottle. Would buy a case if it was a bit cheaper. (3456 views)
 Tasted by twofthrs on 12/10/2009 & rated 92 points: Another excellent PN (3538 views)
 Tasted by davemj on 12/8/2009 & rated 92 points: I love the comments on this wine here, they are (for the most part) totally consistent with my experience. Aroma of black cherry, cherrry, and cherry, with a spice, barnyard, and deeply layered nose!! Taste is soft and so inviting, a sour cherry fruit bomb, in a good way. Some acidity on the finish, just enough for a medium-bodied meal. This is the best PN since the Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard, 2006. (3684 views)
 Tasted by smidler on 10/23/2009 & rated 91 points: Lovely. A very nice Oregon Pinot. Love the bottle art(!). (3779 views)
 Tasted by DaveZack on 10/20/2009 & rated 92 points: Got this bottle from the tasting room for $38 and drank with salmon and veggies grilled on the BBQ. Opened it straight from the wine cooler without decanting. We didn't remember this bottle being so darn good! We would have bought more! Anyway, this Pinot is an almost perfect balance of fruit, spice, structure, acidity, bouquet, etc. The nose is classic Pinot (pepper, earth, and cherries/berries), the flavors are classic Willamette Valley (LOTS of earth, with the aforementioned fruit profiles and pepper), and the mouthfeel and finish are both smooth and silky. The funny thing about Sokol Blosser is that they're the only winery we've ever been to that used Pinot in a red blend, which, in our opinions, is just plain WRONG. We don't remember the name of that blend, but it was horrific. But when they stick to straight Pinot, they sure in the heck know what they're doing. This Pinot is fantastic. We'd buy a truck load if it were around $20 - $25. But for $38, it's still a great bottle. Job very well done, indeed. (3773 views)
 Tasted by FieldingYost on 10/8/2009 & rated 87 points: Black cherry and herb on the nose, with brown spice notes. Very soft and approachable, sour cherry candy fruit, with an acidic and refreshing finish. Tasty enough, but not serious guts, and more pleasant than I like to see a pinot noir, which says more about me than the wine, I think, but I trust you know what I mean. (3733 views)
 Tasted by norsktorsk on 9/18/2009 & rated 91 points: Very nice. (3806 views)
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, January 2010, Issue #37
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Sokol Blosser

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2006 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

From website:
2006 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

We’ve had some unusual weather in recent years, but 2006 was particularly wild. We began with a very wet winter – almost 20” of rain from mid-December of 2005 through mid-January of 2006. Then we had record cold in mid-February, followed by snow in mid-March. After that, though, we had a relatively dry spring and a very hot, dry summer. In mid-May we had record heat for a few days, then again for five days in late-June, when the temperature reached 110o F on the 26th. Then we had a ferocious electrical storm on July 4th, followed by another blisteringly hot spell for six days in late-July. For all of August into early-September we continued to have heat spells of 90o’s to 100o, until we finally had a sprinkle on August 30th, which was the first measurable rainfall in 55 days. To that point we had gone 87 days with only 0.30” of rain, so the vines were beginning to experience significant water deficit stress. In mid-September we had a brief, but significant downpour, followed by a week of cool, showery weather. By that time, though, it was really too late for the cool, damp conditions to have much beneficial impact on the vines, so when the dehydrating hot east wind kicked in on September 23rd we knew we had to begin harvest right away before the grapes shriveled up and turned to raisins. We began harvest on the 24th and raced to bring in all our Pinot Noir and as many of our other grapes as possible as quickly as we could. In (for us) unprecedented fashion, we did 86% of our total harvest (about 310 of our total 360 tons) in seven straight days.

Because of the extreme summer weather, with so many hot days and nights, and because of the desiccating effects of the drying east wind, sugars were a little higher and acids a little lower than ideal. However, despite the difficult conditions during the growing season, the challenging harvest, and the sugar and acid numbers not being in perfect balance, we were able to make some beautiful wines. Our 2006 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is extremely concentrated yet delicate and elegant – soft, supple, harmonious, and packed with intense black cherry and berry fruit, mocha, and our distinctive Jory soil forest-floor earthiness. While this wine may not have the acid and tannin structure to last for fifteen or twenty years, it’s drinking beautifully now after only four months in the bottle and should age well and develop additional complexity for at least the next five to ten years.
Fact Sheet
2006 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Grape Variety/Varieties:
100% Pinot Noir

Age of Vines:
6-15 Years Old

Case Production:
5671 Cases

Dates Grapes Picked:
9/24/06 - 9/28/06

Length/Type of Fermentation:
One-ton and three-ton open top fermenters, punched down 3 times per day

Fermentation Temperature:
Peak ~85º F

Length/Type of Aging:
100% barrel aged, 16 months in barrels, 40% new barrels

Date Wine was Bottled:
March 2008

Food pairings:
Rosemary Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, Duck Breast, Lamb Stew

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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Willamette Valley

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Dundee Hills

Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association website

Located just 28 miles southwest of Portland, and 40 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the Dundee Hills appellation is situated within an irregular circle of about 6,490 acres in total, of which more than 1,264 acres of vineyards are planted. This region is unique for its higher elevation, warmer nighttime temperatures, less low-elevation fog and frost, and lava-based Jory soil series of reddish silt, clay and loam soils.

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