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.
- titratable acidity: 6.2 g/L
- pH: 3.37
- alcohol by volume: 12%
- residual sugar: 0.3%
- drinkability: ⬆ crowd-pleaser
- presentation: ➡ genteel
- geek factor: ➡ organic grapes, eco-friendly contemporary winery