March 5, 2008

Sokol Blosser NV Evolution

evolutionlabel.jpgVARIETAL(S): White Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muller-Thurgau, Semillon, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Chardonnay
REGION: Dundee Hills (Willamette Valley), Oregon
PRICE: $11-$16

There are so many oddities about this wine that make it quite an interesting selection. . . where to begin? I'm sure you are curious about the big NV up in the header so why don't we address that as well as the nine grape varietals involved since they are certainly linked. Each of the above mentioned varietals is pressed independently and when blended together to create Evolution, each brings unique character traits. Since the juice, before it is blended, is not necessarily from the same vintage year, this wine gets the NV (non-vintage) designation. But back to the juice. The first time I tried this wine I wasn't crazy about it. I found the muscat and semillon overpowering which added cloying sweetness to the blend without balancing it out. I was drinking it with Thai which helped, but it took me a while to get back on the horse. Now here we are. New bottling, new attitude, still pairing it with Asian fare (this time Chinese). Now the Evolution really seems to have evolved. It maintains lush fruit characteristics both on the nose and palate but is nicely balanced with crisp acidity. Think nectarine and pear colliding with white grapefruit and orange blossom. I think you could easily serve this with planked salmon or seared scallops and it would be a lovely complement. Go ahead. Give it a shot: Sokol Blosser NV Evolution - White Wine

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Posted by Noël Wallace at March 5, 2008 10:01 PM
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