De Ponte seems to fly under the radar, but maybe the fans of these wines just want to keep them a secret. Their claim to fame, once one deals with the fact that everyone in the Willamette produces some mighty fine Pinot Noir, has to be their Melon de Bourgogne. This is the grape responsible for Muscadet.
Here, one finds a wine with a bit more fat and a bit less minerality, but it is none the worse for it. In fact, it remains one of the country’s finest white wines if you’re looking for crispness and tension. Under normal circumstances, I would continue to talk about it here, but the one wine that gave me the clearest indication of the style and quality of the 2010 vintage in Oregon was De Ponte’s 2010 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.
If you are looking for an elegant, clear and precise expression of Pinot Noir with all the spicy character that Dundee Hills is famous for, this is the wine for you. A wine that epitomizes the expression of grape and place for me. This needs a year or two in the bottle, but it is simply a great wine.