2013 was the driest year since 1985, which was one of the best years for Pinot Noir here at Sokol Blosser. Only 23" inches of precipitation (normal is around 37") fell during the calendar year and thankfully it fell at the right time for the vines. In addition, our growing days were some of the highest temperatures we’ve seen, which came from a warmer than average spring rather than a hot summer. The vines got off to an early start with bud break happening on April 8th, 3 weeks earlier than normal. With the dry weather, we decided to pull up all the cover crops in the vineyard to save all soil moisture for the vine for the expected dry summer. However, Mother Nature ended the dry spell with a shot of rain the second week of June with some big storms, one of which landed as a tornado in nearby McMinnville. July was warm and dry and ended with veraison starting on July 31st. August was a humid month with nights that never cooled and summer humidity making it muggy during the day. The couple inches of rain in early September ended the humid summer, and it quickly turned hot and dry. Harvest started early on September 10th at 99°F. We brought in most of our estate fruit in before a big storm hit Oregon on September 27th. After 6" of rain fell, we started picking again on Wednesday, October 2nd. We finished bringing in the fruit on October 10th, making this the first time in more than a decade that we were picking grapes over a five week period.
Our 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir captures and expresses the delicate fruit characteristics associated with this varietal, and we balance that with structure and age-ability. This wine showcases dark fruit flavors of cherry and blueberry with earthy and spicy characteristics that are reflective of our Jory soil.