More than any other 2011 block designate from Sokol Blosser, the Orchard Block brings the rich black cherry fruit for which the Dundee Hills are famous. Still young and made from relatively young (11-year-old) vines, it's nicely concentrated, with streaks of cola and brown baking spices threaded through. A finishing lick of mocha puts a final smile on your lips.
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.