Friday, July 17, 2015

Sokol Blosser Evolution White Blend, 17th Edition

Game Cabin 2015 Plus Wine 050

I say Dundee Hills, you say… Pinot Noir! Except in this case, the Sokol Blosser Winery in Oregon is producing an exotic white blend with a composition you’ll never guess.

This is the third edition of Evolution that we’ve tasted – and we’ve loved them all. It’s a non-vintage wine and it also is an “American” appellation, meaning the grapes could come from just about anywhere. A safe bet is that the grapes are from Oregon, Washington and perhaps California.

The cork closure bears the message “Chill. Pour. Sip. Chill.” What more invitation do you need?

Embellishing the label are quirky thoughts such as: “Happenstance? Coincidence? Chaos? Not a chance. This bottle you hold is a deliberate, pre-meditated attempt to advance the entire wine universe a notch or two. Grandiose? Perhaps, but without evolution we’d be slime crawling in ooze and that doesn’t sound too appetizing.” Very nice to consider as you relax with a refreshing glass of Evolution.

The blend is Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Chardonnay in undisclosed proportions. This is not your average white wine blend. The Pacific Northwest excels with white wines and that quality is captured in this bottle.

The alcohol level is 12%, about what you would expect from a Riesling. That means it is a great food pairing wine. There is 1.2% residual sugar and so it has a flowing quality unimpeded by jarring acidity. It is citrus and floral up front with lush tropical flavors and a crisp finish.

You can find this for $18 or less. It is just right for hot summers around the pool or with some spicy Asian food.

Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 4 of 5

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