Sokol Blosser makes three different block-designated Pinots, all unfiltered and quite limited (198 cases of this one). Its full, rich bouquet has an arresting blend of raisins, tea, cherry-tobacco and Port-like scents. Underneath are nuances of licorice and tobacco, and it smells and tastes like a Chianti riserva. Lovely weight, perfect ripeness and good persistence. —P.G.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.