Review: 2020 Sokol Blosser Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Two new estate wines from Oregon’s Sokol Blosser, based in the Dundee Hills:

2020 Sokol Blosser Estate Chardonnay Dundee Hills – Surprisingly tart, almost green at times, with more than a little saline character — none of which immediately evokes charddonay. After some of the lime leaf and salt-heavy elements settle down, the wine showcases a more classic chardonnay character, with notes of brown butter an coconut emerging in the mix. The finish falls back on citrus-heavy lime, however, making for a surprising bit of back and forth throughout a somewhat unusual drinking experience. B / $42

2020 Sokol Blosser Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills – Classic Oregon pinot. Moderately earthy with overtones of dried blueberries, lavender, and some clove-scented baking spice. Moderated in body with just the lightest hand of acidity, it’s touched with orange peel and cardamom on the back end to offer a bit of nuance. There’s plenty going on in this wine from start to finish, yet it never fails to evoke Oregon’s most iconic characteristics. A- / $42

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