A non-vintage blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat, Muller-Thurgau, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner.
The wine is made by Sokol Blosser in Dundee, Oregon but labelled as an “American White Wine” since the grapes are sourced from three states (OR, WA and CA). This is the 17th Edition. SRP of $18 and available for as low as $11 at Costco. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“Intention: With over 40 varietals to choose from, what insight led to just the precise amount of 9 of them to form Evolution? Good question.
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.
Luck: Your lucky party… EWhite and ERed show up.
As luck would have it, a random number of varietals took a liking to each other and decided to become a lush, off-dry, somewhat tropical wine with a crisp finish. Go figure.
Chill. Pour. Sip. Chill. Think about how you might evolve.
We’re normally not big fans of non-vintage wines here at The Reverse Wine Snob. The primary reason is that vintage variation is a real thing. Wines can be great one year and so-so (or worse) the next. When there’s no vintage it becomes hard to recommend a bottle because there’s no telling if someone else buying the wine is getting the same thing you tasted.
Today we’re making an exception because we also enjoy winemakers who don’t follow the normal rules. The Evolution White is what you might call a mega-blend coming from multiple states and, I presume, vintages; however, they also indicate an “edition” so that people like me can rest easy. And just the fact that the wine has been around long enough to have a 17th edition is a clue that they are up to something good.
The Sokol Blosser Evolution White begins with pleasant aromas of citrus, honeysuckle, a bit of tropical fruit and perhaps a hint of vanilla cream. The wine tastes smooth, crisp, refreshing and oh so tasty. Deep flavors of citrus, nectarine, green apple and pear plus a round, soft mouthfeel combine with just the right amount of honeyed sweetness and crisp acidity to make a really delicious and very quaffable wine. Those nine varieties add a lot of layers that are quite fun to discover. It ends clean and long. A great wine to pair with spicy Asian dishes.
Overall Rating: 7.8
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