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Ponzi Pinot Gris Oregon 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

In the end, 2009 made some spectacular wines, but reflecting back, my most dominant impression is how schizophrenic it was! There was no clear understanding of whether we were having a cool vintage or a warm vintage until all was said and done. After a colder than normal winter, we started off with a late budbreak. As we headed into the summer the temperatures were quite moderate leading us to believe we were in for a late, cool year. Then, July and August brought extreme heat spikes, desiccating fruit, rushing ripeness along and catching our attention. We began harvest in late September with some very ripe young vineyards and white varietals. October cooled down again and we had the luxury of leaving the majority of the fruit to gain flavor without accumulating sugar, while the cool nights kept our acidity in check. 2009 proved to be very similar to the 2002 or 2006 vintage.

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Ponzi Vineyards:
Founded in 1970 in Oregon's lush Willamette Valley, Ponzi Vineyards is internationally acclaimed for producing some of the World's finest Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and White Riesling, as well as Arneis and Dolcetto, two rare Italian varietals. For nearly four decades, wine pioneers Dick and Nancy Ponzi have set the standard for Oregon's viticultural innovation while maint... Read more
Founded in 1970 in Oregon's lush Willamette Valley, Ponzi Vineyards is internationally acclaimed for producing some of the World's finest Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and White Riesling, as well as Arneis and Dolcetto, two rare Italian varietals. For nearly four decades, wine pioneers Dick and Nancy Ponzi have set the standard for Oregon's viticultural innovation while maintaining an unwavering commitment to a tradition of winemaking excellence. Today, this philosophy is carried on by the Ponzi Family's second generation: Winemaker Luisa Ponzi, Director of Sales and Marketing Maria Ponzi Fogelstrom and Director of Operations Michel Ponzi. All 120 acres of family-owned vineyards in the Northern Willamette Valley are LIVE Certified Sustainable, the world's highest standard for sustainable viticulture. Ponzi Vineyards continues to hold long-term contracts with many of the best growers in the region. Driven by the concept that the variety must match the terroir and climate, Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the standard for Oregon and remains at the forefront of the nation's top wine producers. Today, the winery and vineyards are operated under the same guiding principles with second-generation winemaker Luisa Ponzi at the helm. Luisa has produced the wines since 1993, using her classic Burgundian style. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Ponzi Pinot Gris Oregon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,395
4.00 5
07/01/2011

Deep and brassy on the nose with stemmy tones and some gentle floral-topped apple notes. A touch sweet on the palate but still remarkably light textured with wonderful acidity. This combines fruit and earthy tones with that gentle supporting sweetness in a rather complete package that turns aromatic in the mouth. This really fills the mouth and while the slight sweetness is noticeable, it is finely balanced by the vibrant acids and a gentle edge of bitterness. All the components meld together on the rather long finish. Very nicely done. I would prefer a little less RS, but this is so deftly balanced it’s tough to argue with the result. 90pts


Member Reviews for Ponzi Pinot Gris Oregon

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Snooth User: Mimi Kim
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3.00 5
06/20/2011

Green apple aromas. Pear and peach notes with a little minerality


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
08/29/2010

Mineral driven nose. Nice, crisp acidity. Filled with lychee and some white peach. - Tasted at Ponzi 8/17/10


Snooth User: it2daddy
62299050
4.00 5
08/11/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Ponzi Pinot Gris Oregon

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/11/2011

WE: 90 Points WS: 89 Points RP: 88 Points


External Review
06/22/2011

Bright and lively, brimming with grapefruit-scented pear and floral flavors, lingering easily on the slightly sappy finish. Drink now.


External Review
06/22/2011

Strikingly spicy, with the scents and flavors of Bosc pears, this textural, racy wine has a bit of refreshing effervescence as well. Subtle traces of citrus, pineapple and Asian pear are woven through, and the bracing acidity sets it up well for richly sauced poultry or pasta dishes.


External Review
05/18/2011

Ponzi's elegant and complex Pinot Gris is still showing a little bottle shock; it's got some spritzy character and is not quite resolved. Give this wine some more bottle age (or decanting) and it breathes open, with pineapple, pear and citrus. There is plenty of acid and a nice foundation of mineral also.


External Review
06/22/2011

[No tasting note was given.]


External Review
05/18/2011

Bright and generous, offering unusual guava-scented pear flavors that remained focused through the tight finish. Drink now.


External Review
05/18/2011

Light yellow. Fresh apple and pear aromas are complemented by deeper-pitched peach pit and anise qualities. A spicy, gently sweet midweight, offering lively orchard fruit and guava flavors supported by a refreshingly bitter jolt of quinine on the back. Impressively clean, tangy and dry on the finish, which repeats the pear note. This would go wonderfully with fresh goat cheeses.


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Tasting Notes:

The whites of the 2009 vintage are bright, citrus and floral driven wines with a fullness on the palate due to the warm weather events in August.

In the end, 2009 made some spectacular wines, but reflecting back, my most dominant impression is how schizophrenic it was! There was no clear understanding of whether we were having a cool vintage or a warm vintage until all was said and done. After a colder than normal winter, we started off with a late budbreak. As we headed into the summer the temperatures were quite moderate leading us to believe we were in for a late, cool year. Then, July and August brought extreme heat spikes, desiccating fruit, rushing ripeness along and catching our attention. We began harvest in late September with some very ripe young vineyards and white varietals. October cooled down again and we had the luxury of leaving the majority of the fruit to gain flavor without accumulating sugar, while the cool nights kept our acidity in check. 2009 proved to be very similar to the 2002 or 2006 vintage.

Dietary Information: Organic

Aged in Steel.

Notes: Fermented in stainless steel tanks with 25% in neutral oak barrels. A partial malolactic fermentation occurred to expand inherent flavors in this delicious wine. It was lightly filtered just before bottling.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.7% pH: 3.45
Sugar: 0.58 grams per liter

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