A nice mix of rain and sun. Warm breezes. Fog. The fruits of sustainable farming. 16 months in French oak. Flavors of black cherry, licorice, and blackberry. Smooth tannins. Deep affection.
Scores: 90 - Wine Spectator, 92 - Wine Enthusiast, 93 - Wine Advocate
The Story: What is a boy to do when his favorite boyhood climbing tree is ruthlessly chopped down by his father in the name of grape growing? Well, Alex Sokol Blosser is still trying to figure that one out. Until then, Alex drinks Big Tree Pinot Noir and thinks about climbing the strong limbs of a solitary, beautiful, and graceful Big Leaf Maple Tree that used to lie smack dab in the middle of a block of pinot noir. Big Tree is strong like its namesake with the most powerful tannins of any pinot noir coming off our estate. Shallow soil on this site makes the vines struggle more than the rest of our vineyard and produces strength in the wine. The tannins are something your taste buds can climb up, just like Alex used to be able to do when there was a tree there.