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Pinot Gris,


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Our 2019 Pinot Gris is bursting with fragrance, featuring orange rind, ripe honeydew melon and peaches, and fresh pears, with hints of honey and limestone. The palate reflects the nose with ripe yellow apples, nectarines, and honeydew upfront, and a clean, bright minerality on the end giving it a crisp finish

Variety: Pinot Gris
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker: Sokol Blosser
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 12.5%

Winemaker's Notes

The Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Gris is bright, refreshing and full of interesting flavors. Strong aromas of elder flower, ripe pears, honeysuckle and slight hint of Armenian cucumber combine to create a captivating bouquet. On the palate you will experience flavors of ripe melon, lime zest and lemon pith. This delightful wine finishes crisp with hints of green apple and fresh honeydew melon

John's Notes

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Oregon, and Sokol Blosser’s Pinot Gris 2019 reminds me I need to get back soon. The nose entices with notes of yellow apple, lemon, Bartlett pear, minerality, and light floral undertones.  The palate accordingly presents those same fruit notes plus fresh honeydew melon and a deliciously creamy mouthfeel with an enjoyable lime pith and wet stone finish.  Hard not to want a second glass

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Sokol Blosser

  • Founded in 1970 by Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser on an abandoned prune farm, Sokol Blosser’s unique farming, harvesting, fermenting and aging all play key roles in crafting high quality, elegant and age-worthy wines with a sense of place that reflect the distinctive flavors of the grapes, soil and climate
  • With the second generation now at the helm, siblings Alex and Alison, Sokol Blosser Winery’s ‘good to the earth’ policy is continued. Certified B Corp, Certified-organic farming on 86 planted acres, biodiversity, holistic sustainable business practices and a LEED-certified underground barrel cellar are all examples of the Sokol Blosser family’s mindfulness towards sustainability

Variety: 100% Pinot Gris

Region: 100% Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon


  • It was clear something was different with the 2019 harvest when fruit flies were spotted at Thistle Vineyard over Labor Day Weekend. The second sign was the dramatic shift in the weather forecast. At the end of August, we believed we would have a “warmer and drier” than average September/October. Sounds good huh?!?!? Then, at the end of September we got 2.7” of rain… which is double the average, and we had one of the coolest Septembers on record. We remembered and applied the key learnings from prior similar vintages in our approach to the 2019 harvest – get the grapes as ripe as possible with as little fruit degradation as possible
  • Even with a longer hang time this year the grapes had less sugar, high pHs and high acids. Consequently, we based our picking decision more on the taste of the juice and looking at the weather. We had 5 distinct rain events from when we started harvest on September 3 to when we ended picking on October 10th, and these individual rain events sometimes lasted multiple days. In the end, we got as much ripeness as possible and are very happy about what we put into barrel


  • Clones 146 and 152
  • Age of vines: Planted in 1997
  • This 2019 blend is made entirely from Sokol Blosser estate grown fruit
  • The grapes were carefully hand harvested at different points in ripeness to capture a variety of flavor profiles, making this a more layered wine. When necessary the clusters were sorted by hand to remove any flawed bunches


  • Our Pinot Gris is gently whole cluster pressed to minimize the extraction of bitterness from the skins
  • The juice was chilled and allowed to settle for 2 days then moved off the heavy sediment and transferred to stainless steel fermentation tanks
  • The Pinot Gris is aged in stainless steel tanks remaining in contact with its fine lees and stirred multiple times during the aging process to broaden the palette and develop weight without high alcohol or sugar
  • The Malolactic fermentation was restricted in 2/3rds of tanks for continued retention of the delicate floral and fruit aromatics and bright acidity. One tank was encouraged to push thru a secondary fermentation for further development of weight and add another layer of complexity with more savory characters
  • We produce a dry style Pinot Gris which accentuates the minerality this varietal clearly expresses. In addition to fermentation size and temperature, the diversity of yeasts used to perform fermentation and the extended period of lees contact prior to blending and bottling contributes greatly to the complexity of this wine

Alcohol:  12.5%

Pairs Well With: Fresh summer salads with grilled peaches, chicken piccata, Fettuccine Alfredo



Reviews have not been published for the 2019 vintage, however the 2018 is critically acclaimed as noted below:

Wine Enthusiast (90): Though labeled Willamette Valley, this is 100% estate-grown fruit from the Dundee Hills. It’s tart and bracing, with lemon-lime fruit vividly defined by the acidity. Those flavors continue with green apple in the mix as well, and then open up with a touch of almond candy through the finish. Paul Gregutt 7/1/2020

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