Friday, February 24, 2006

Sokol Blosser Meditrina 2004 Wine Review (NW)

Rich berry nose emerges with some air
Lively on the palate, fruity and juicy core
Nice finish tapers well with chocolate and pepper

In the interest of full disclosure, The Wine Cask Blog received this complimentary wine from Paterno Wines International. The folks at Paterno recognize the value of wine blogging as a means for promoting the world of wine and providing honest opinions and evaluations of the wine we enjoy. Now, about this wine...

Sokol Blosser is a highly regarded producer of Oregon Pinot Noir. This wine called Meditrina is a blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel. Overall, it's a lively and festive wine which gives me the impression the winemaker had a lot of fun putting this proprietary blend together. Pinot Noir is a finesse grape, challenging even in good years. I bet this blend was a way for the winemaker to put together a recipe for pizazz.

The wine needed a little time to open up and it even had some Pinot Noir stink at first. This is often a good thing in my experience because it indicates that exciting layers are going to emerge from within. I really liked the fruity core and found the wine to be well-made. The reason I call it festive is that it clearly has a Pinot Noir nose and a Zinfandel finish. What a great combo!

Upon opening, we had seven people sample the wine together in my kitchen. It was a crowd pleaser and the bottle went dry within minutes. The reference price is approximately $12-15, which is well priced. Raise a glass!

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