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Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009

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Ponzi Vineyards, one of Oregon's pioneer wineries, was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi. Since then they have set a standard for Oregon's viticultural innovation and winemaking excellence. In 1988 Dick Ponzi was recognized by Robert Parker as one of the world's finest winemakers, one of only three Americans so distinguished. In 1994 his daughter Luisa took over winemaking duties from her father, though the two still work closely together. Luisa apprenticed with Christophe Roumier of Domaine Roumier in Burgundy as well as with Luca Currado of Vietti in Piedmont. The Ponzi family has always maintained a philosophy of building strong, healthy vineyards through sustainable agricultural practices. All 120 acres of the Ponzi owned and managed vineyards - Estate, Abetina, Madrona, Aurora and Avellana - are LIVE Certified Sustainable. Ponzi Vineyards consistently achieves excellence in the creation of its wines. No expense is spared, nor experimentation left untried. "There is a reputation behind our label that I want people to know they can count on. ~ Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

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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

Editorial Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,739
3.50 5
11/19/2012

A hint of stem greets the nose along with peppery floral notes and flecks of almost flinty minerality. This is bright and juicy in the mouth with slightly creamy flavors of cranberry and raspberry that are streaked with sharp mineral notes and lightly stemmy tannins that add a bit of dried herb character. There's a real pop of fruit on the back end, with the tannins serving to keep everything balanced. The finish is long and slightly tacky with all the fruit. Very easy to drink but a bit simple. Still, this should be very popular. 88pts


Member Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
4.00 5
05/21/2012

Great color and aroma, of ripe red fruit. Very well balanced, with just a touch of heat and spice.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
05/21/2012

Big black currant nose and barrely aromas - lots of oak and vanilla, but fairly well balanced against the black fruit. Body is dry with good tannic structure, a little bit hot on the finish.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
05/21/2012

dark cherry, raspberry fruit with a bit of earthiness and subtle red spice lingering as well. a bit bigger for a Pinot, rustic characteristics coarse through the red fruit, ending with that hint of pepper spice.


Snooth User: Mimi Kim
6488783,073
4.00 5
05/21/2012

Licorice, pepper on the nose. Well balanced black cherry and acidity.


Snooth User: Kirsy
8805431,786
4.00 5
05/21/2012

Light body- if you prefer red I recommend this for a summer evening. Earthyness with ripe cherries and black berries on the palate, with a tiny bit of spiciness. Great value buy! To see the winemaker speak about this wine visit: http://bit.ly/KyXyL4


Snooth User: Sara Weinbrom
1024273727
3.50 5
05/21/2012

black cherry and currant with a bit of acid on the finish. spice and a bit of cola flavor adding more complexity.... growing on me.


Snooth User: Clare Goggin Sivits
1066509632
3.00 5
05/21/2012

Dark berries and a bit of spice in the finish.


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External Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir

External Review
08/06/2012

Light and fragile, with pretty raspberry and cherry flavors on a transparent frame, lingering nicely on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
01/09/2013

Scents of cola and spice yield to deep black cherry accents. There is such purity of fruit at first that the wine feels simple, but with air the black cherry is grounded by forest floor notes and kissed by oak, which gives the flavors length and ballast. Itandrsquo;s a packed wine, and needs cellaring; wait a year or two and serve with pork loin.


External Review
01/09/2013

A delightful nose that doesnandrsquo;t push too hard brings strawberries, spiced cherries and a whiff of licorice to the front. The flavors follow, touched ever so lightly with a hint of leather. It turns a little sharp and herbal in the finish, but that may simply be a sign of its youth.


External Review
01/09/2013

The 2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley was sourced mainly from the Chehalem Mountain AVA. Made from older vines than the Tavola, it is darker in color, more perfumed, and more structured. Even so, it is a laid back, easy-to-understand Pinot with good balance and length that will provide enjoyment over the next 6andndash;8 years.



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Tasting Notes:

Spiced cherry, cinnamon, clove and graham cracker aromatics lead to a soft entry of licorice and peppercorn notes. The mid palate sweetness finishes with dusty firm tannins.

Ponzi Vineyards, one of Oregon's pioneer wineries, was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi. Since then they have set a standard for Oregon's viticultural innovation and winemaking excellence. In 1988 Dick Ponzi was recognized by Robert Parker as one of the world's finest winemakers, one of only three Americans so distinguished. In 1994 his daughter Luisa took over winemaking duties from her father, though the two still work closely together. Luisa apprenticed with Christophe Roumier of Domaine Roumier in Burgundy as well as with Luca Currado of Vietti in Piedmont. The Ponzi family has always maintained a philosophy of building strong, healthy vineyards through sustainable agricultural practices. All 120 acres of the Ponzi owned and managed vineyards - Estate, Abetina, Madrona, Aurora and Avellana - are LIVE Certified Sustainable. Ponzi Vineyards consistently achieves excellence in the creation of its wines. No expense is spared, nor experimentation left untried. "There is a reputation behind our label that I want people to know they can count on. ~ Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

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