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Value Alert: 2006 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

After enjoying a taste of the 2007 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir at Cochon 555 I've been on the hunt for their wines in Massachusetts. The wine had this focused laser beam of flavors I found tremendously appealing. It's a tough wine to find around here -- let alone at a good price -- so I was pleasantly surprised to find the 2006 on sale at West Concord Liquors for $24.99.

The 2006 carries a release price of $38 and was rated 90 points by Wine Spectator. 2006 is considered a ripe vintage by Oregon standards, and given that so many entry-level Oregon Pinot Noirs from the heralded 2008 vintage have been disappointing I was excited to try this wine.

It hit the spot - here are my notes:

2006 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
$38 Release Price
14.5% Alcohol
5,671 Cases Produced
$24.99 at West Concord Liquors

Light ruby red with viscosity aligned with its 14.5% alcohol. Vibrant and focused. Aromas of earth, strawberry, and match stick continue on to the palate. Long finish. A really beautiful Oregon Pinot Noir that delivers an appreciated step up from others retailing under $30 which I've frequently found to be lacking. 

93/100 WWP: Outstanding 

Check 'em out:
Sokol Blosser
West Concord Liquors

It was my first time in West Concord Liquors but they had some great prices on bin ends of high end wines:
  • 1998 Phelps Insignia for $75 (wine-searcher.com national best $107)
  • 2006 Cakebread Reserve Chard for $41.99 (one retailer on wine-searcher at $40, most at $50+)
  • 2004 Opus One for $120 (wine-searcher.com national best $149)
Plus - no sales tax in Massachusetts. Pretty good deals.

Question of the Day: Where have you been snagging wine deals lately? Any off the beaten path stores or online retailers we should all be aware of?

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