So you can imagine what I thought when a friend brought over a bottle of Sokol Blosser's Evolution White from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I look at the back label and it says:
"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."
If that wasn't enough for my heart to skip a beat, I then find out their are 9 varietals in the wine! 9!?! I calmed down soon after and we sat down to dinner. After a few minutes, oohs and aahs started coming from the table. I decided to put everything aside and give it a whirl. In my head, I was wanting to take a sip, spit it in my glass and push the glass away. The opposite happened.
I took a sip and couldn't believe how enjoyable the wine was. It is a nice, everyday white with good tropical fruits. It is not overly sweet but it does have a touch of honey on the finish. It is balanced by just enough acidity. I don't think luck made this wine as the label implies. It took a lot of time and effort to make 9 grapes work together.
It took some research but I think I have cracked the 9 varietal code. It is not on the label or the website. I know that Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris and Riesling are in it because they are grown at Sokol Blosser in Oregon. Also, I believe Semillon, Muscat Canelli, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sylvaner are added to the party to make the final product.
Wife bonus: The label is printed on recycled paper and the bottle does not have a foil cap. Always have to point out organic, environmentally friendly notes for her!
Sokol Blosser Evolution White in a Nutshell:
Description: 9 varietal blend. Great tropical fruit on nose and palate. A tad sweet with hints of pear and citrus throughout. The finish is borderline syrupy thanks to a touch of honey but it is balanced well with a bit of acidity.
Pairing: Food friendly. Would pair well with a Chipotle BBQ sauce on ribs, chicken, etc. Also would be good with any sushi that is topped with Spicy Mayo!
Vintage/Price: This is an edition wine, not a vintage thanks to the blend. It is $15 dollars on the Sokol Blosser's website. I have seen it at Costco and Fine wine shops for $15 to $18.
For more information on Evolution White and other wines from Sokol Blosser, please go to: Sokol Blosser Winery.