What do you do when snowed in for four straight days? At our house, we drink lots of good Pinot Noir! One Pinot we enjoyed was the 2010 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Estate Cuvée Dundee Hills. It kept us warm and entertained during the unusual and endless snow Portland received, and I’m happy to say it was just what we needed.
Sokol Blosser’s tasting room is fun and modern and usually quite busy on a summer day, but don’t let that scare you away. They offer some nice outdoor seating that provides a perfect opportunity to slow down and enjoy the vineyard.
On the nose, this wine has a lot of funk and smells of pure Oregon wine country. The palate also has that same burst of funk and earth with hints of dark fruit and a bit of cola. I probably should have let these breathe over night to open up more of the fruit. If you love earthy Pinots, this is the one for you.
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If you find yourself in the Dundee Hills area of Oregon, Domaine Drouhin is a great place to stop in for a tasting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With a huge deck that offers stunning views on clear sunny days, you’ll find you have good company to share the experience with too. Call in advance if you’re stopping by on a weekday and you can reserve a picnic spot on the patio. It can be hard to find a good picnic spot in the valley so I find this to be an excellent bonus.
I mentioned in an earlier post that Oregon was starting to produce more Chardonnay, and I think the Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay Arthur 2011 is a good example of why you’ll continue to hear more in the coming years. Half fermented in French Oak barrels (30% new) and the other half fermented and aged in stainless steel, the nose and palate both offer a mineral quality that I enjoy. I also find notes of tropical fruit and citrus on the nose. On the palate, this wine starts with a nice burst of acidity but finishes with a wonderful sweetness. It’s the finish that makes me love this wine the most, and I rate it 4 stars out of 5. I purchased this at Domaine Drouhin for about $ 20. They only produced 2,200 cases so you may have to try the 2012 instead.
For more on Domaine Drouhin, visit http://www.domainedrouhin.com/en/