sokol blosser's seasonal beer is here

sokol blosser's seasonal beer is here

2015 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir Rosé ($22)   |   Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

As a journalist, my job is to listen. I have listened to every sort of speaker: the droning bore, the borderline certifiable maniac, the tangentialist who can't answer a direct question directly. Thus, it is a total pleasure to interview a person with a quick wit.

Alex Sokol Blosser is one of those people, and I'll never forget him handing me a glass of what he called "our seasonal beer." 

It was rosé, and I liked the conceit of his offhand remark: This wine, he was saying, is crisp, refreshing, only available in the spring and summer, and shouldn't be taken seriously. But it should be a source of joy.

I'm happy to report that Sokol Blosser's rosé is more elegant and refreshing than ever this year. It's all organic estate-grown Pinot Noir. The fruit was destemmed, spent approximately five hours macerating, and dropped directly into the press—no saignée. Despite a growing season that broke the record in its sustained warmth, the fruit is restrained and subtle.

It's classic, not cutting-edge, but like a seasonal beer, it's pure pleasure.

technical data: 

  • titratable acidity: 6.2 g/L 
  • pH: 3.37
  • alcohol by volume: 12% 
  • residual sugar: 0.3%

scores:  

  • drinkability: ⬆ crowd-pleaser
  • presentation: ➡ genteel
  • geek factor: ➡ organic grapes, eco-friendly contemporary winery
a boldly oaked burgundian rosé, still young at four

a boldly oaked burgundian rosé, still young at four

glass manufacturers revived by rosé's clear view

glass manufacturers revived by rosé's clear view