Synergy is a common business buzz word, in the wine world a nine grape blend is a rare bird. Especially coming from United States where consumers and winemakers usually attribute greater value to to single variety wines. I am happy to report that the Sokol Blosser Evolution 14th Edition isn’t a mashup of leftover grapes, it is much more than this.
With a very strong tropical bouquet, the fragrance really grabs you. I was expecting a big sweetie pie wine, but the taste was a surprisingly clean, concentrated, complex series of tastes that covered from citrus, tropical to mineral and even some fresh parsley in the background. Parsley is often used in classical cuisine to cleanse the palate, and the flavour component worked very well here.
The marketing and packaging of the wine are quite interesting as well, the story on the label is very brash and suggests this wine takes wine making to a higher level. I appreciate their enthusiasm, and love the wine, but I don’t think winemakers from other estates should start jumping out of windows just yet. I do like the use of 14th Edition as opposed to assigning a vintage year to the bottle, it gives the impression that the arrival of Evolution started a new time measurement for the wine world as significant as years AD and BC mark modern calendars. And it probably allows them to mix wines from different years into this blend, a side benefit not too small to be overlooked.
I picked this wine up at the wine store on the suggestion of the clerk, I had asked him for a recommendation for a Chablis, and he came up with this interesting alternative. This is definitely not a Chablis, but it is ready for drinking now. I probably wouldn’t keep any Evolution in my cellar, as I doubt that it will get any better with age. It is, however, a great wine that held up with a soy sauce rich Asian chicken recipe.
Musical Match: From the Avalon album by Roxy Music, More Than This. As if titling an album Avalon isn’t a stretch of artistic hubris, Bryan Ferry and his Roxy Music collaborators had the same moxy as the Sokol Blosser people had by calling their wine Evolution. Both are very pleasant, clean products – and perhaps both missing a little thump like Roxy Musics classic “Love is the Drug”
That’s what I think about Evolution, but it’s my theory!