Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
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
Editorial Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir
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
Great color and aroma, of ripe red fruit. Very well balanced, with just a touch of heat and spice.
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.
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.
Licorice, pepper on the nose. Well balanced black cherry and acidity.
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
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.
Dark berries and a bit of spice in the finish.
External Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir
Light and fragile, with pretty raspberry and cherry flavors on a transparent frame, lingering nicely on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Food Pairings for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir
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.