2021 Sokol Blosser Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills AVA
Single clone Pommard grown at the foot of the Dundee Hills in deep volcanic Jory soils.
Our first release from Sokol Blosser Vineyard is a 100% Pommard clone. It shows off classic, beautiful aromas of cocoa-dusted cherries, red licorice, loamy earth, and hints of pine needles. Layers of sweet cherries continue on the palate with savory baking spices and an elegant, savory lingering finish. 200 cases produced!
About Sokol Blosser Vineyard
Close friends of the Campbell Family, the Sokol Blosser Family have equally deep roots in the Willamette Valley, having planted their property on the lower Dundee Hills back in 1971. In the 2017 vintage, the Sokol Blossers and Campbells teamed up for a fun project called 2GV, where they blended fruit from their vineyards together along with their friends from Ponzi to support their favorite charities! They had so much fun with this project that the Campbells and Sokol Blossers decided to continue the connection and start trading fruit – just as we do with Lemelson Family for their Meyer Vineyard fruit.
This has led to a release of a Sokol Blosser Vineyard Pinot Noir from their Old Vineyard Block. The Old Vineyard Block Pinot Noir comes from fruit harvested off the initial section of the vineyard planted by founders Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser in the early 70s. Although replanted in 2007/2009 on rootstock, cuttings from fruiting vines were taken from the original plantings and grafted onto rootstock for the replant.
Our section of this block is Pommard Clone planted in the region’s signature iron-rich volcanic Jory soils which typify the region’s red-fruited, earthy, spice-filled Pinot Noirs!
The 2021 Vintage
The 2021 vintage was an exceptional year. The timing of weather events was key to our success in 2021. We experienced a bit of rainfall during bloom which helped to lower yields by producing some hens and chicks (variable-sized berries). Then a historic heat event happened during late-June which brought worrisome temperatures at a time that luckily did not result in any damage to our grape crop. Growth resumed normally once temperatures cooled with average heat from July through September bringing even ripening to the plentiful small, loose clusters. For Pinot Noirs, expect intense color and flavors bursting out of the glass, while white wines and rosés are fruit-forward with great acidity and balance.