The spring of 2018 was warmer than the average over the previous 10 years, and fairly dry. Bud break happened in mid-April and Bloom in early June, which can be a treacherous undertaking as the spring weather can mess up a healthy flowering. A giant hail storm descended on the Dundee Hills in early June, but luckily none of our Sokol Blosser Estate crop was ruined. The summer started like one giant furnace; July was a hot month and we had a lot of above 90 degree days. Just when it seemed like the hot weather would not stop, August came and more moderate weather with it. This helped slow the ripening down, and even cooler weather inSeptember allowed us to let the grapes hang longer, resulting in riper fruit without additional sugar accumulation. The 2018 vintage is our coolest growing season since 2012, and we believe it will be our best vintage since then.
The Pinot Noir grapes in our Sparkling Rosé were hand-harvested on September 8th and 14th, then whole cluster pressed with a light, long pressing to maintain a low pH, low phenolics, clean bright fruit character. The juice was fermented with a neutral sparkling style yeast in 15% stainless steel drums and 85% oak barrels. It was then aged for 6 months, with the majority of the wine aging in French oak (with 10% new,10% once used, and 80% neutral oak), and 15% of the wine aging in stainless steel drums. After aging the wine was blended into a single cuvée to rest for one month before going into tirage. The wine was put into tirage in April of 2019 where it aged entirage for 45 months with our winemaking team tasting periodically throughout that period to help determine the ideal time for disgorging. The final wine was disgorged in February of 2023 having developed the ideal notes of purity of fruit with complexities contributed from the yeast.
Dive directly into notes of raspberry and strawberry on the nose while admiring the beautiful pink hue. On the palate, red fruit forward with just a hint of caramel. Dry,Tart, and crisp providing an elegant expression for any occasion of celebration and yes even if it's just a Tuesday.
Triple chocolate cake, Kusshi oysters, or soft goat cheese with crackers for the perfect evening treat.
The Sokol Blosser family has selected a site comprised of volcanic soils and influenced by cooling marine winds located in the Eola-Amity Hills, called Blossom Ridge Vineyard. Starting in 2014 Sokol Blosser began the transition of Blossom Ridge to an organic vineyard site, carrying the farming values of “good to the earth” forward.