2016 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | sokol blosser dundee hills estate
block | old vineyard block
clones | Pinot Droit, Pommard UCD4, Wädenswil 1A
APPELLATION | dundee hills
WINEMAKER | Alex Sokol Blosser
HARVEST DATEs | SEPTEMBER 13–15, 2016
BOTTLING | march 8, 2018
ALCOHOL | 14%
PRODUCTION | 5 cases
Our Founders Cuvée Pinot noir is crafted with grapes picked from our Old Vineyard Block, our original vineyard site planted by our founders Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser back in 1971. Phylloxera took those own-rooted vines back in 2003, and this seven-acre site was replanted in 2004. We took cuttings from the original vines before we pulled them out, and those cuttings were the "bud wood" for the current planting, which are all grafted onto rootstock. The block is comprised of Pinot droit, Pommard UCD4, and Wädenswil 1A clones. 2014 was the first year since re-planting that we felt the vines produced a wine that could be bottled on its own. The wine has power coming from Pommard, some nice berry notes from the Gamay-like Pinot droit, and some wonderful acid from the Wädenswil.
For nearly 50 years, the Sokol Blosser family has been perfecting Pinot noir. Since founders Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, the family has pursued winemaking excellence through environmentally friendly techniques. Today, situated on a certified organic 85-acre property in the Dundee Hills appellation, and farming another 43 acres of vineyards in Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills, B Corp–certified Sokol Blosser remains committed to a sustainable approach. With the second generation of Sokol Blossers now at the helm, the winery has entered a new millennium of winemaking under the guidance of CEO and Co-President Alison Sokol Blosser and winemaker and Co-President Alex Sokol Blosser.