The Sokol Blosser estate was founded by Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser in 1971 in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, some 30 miles south west of Portland on America's west coast. They spent the following 6 years renovating and improving the vineyards and cellar and their first vintage was released in 1977. The 85 hectares of vineyards are farmed organically, certification being granted in 2005. Local organic straw, organic cow and horse manure, grape pomace and organic rock phosphate all contribute to the composting, while the insect population is kept in check by a resident flock of bluebirds. The underground barrel cellar became the first winery in the country to earn the prestigious 'Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design' certification. Although Pinot Noir is the main grape grown, plantings of Muller-Thurgau, Syrah and Zinfandel have also been made in addition to Pinot Gris from which this floral white is made. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and left on the lees for an extended period, it can be cellared for a further 7-10 years.
Bright straw yellow with pink flecks (the "gris"). On the nose, scents of tropical citrus fruits, pears and apple with apricot hints. On the palate, medium-bodied and pleasantly 'oily' in texture with floral flavours backed up by hints of caramel. The acidity is crisp leading to a lengthy, spicy finish. Altogether a delightfully balanced wine. Try with Prawn Newburg served on a bed of rice, potted salmon or a bulgar wheat, lentil and radish pilaff.