External Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir
In the late 1960s Dick and Nancy Ponzi purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland, Oregon. They realized the Northern Willamette Valley's climate was ideal for cool climate varieties. Pinot Noir cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded. The methods, philosophies and winemaking passion established more than 40 years ago are still practiced today under the family's second generation. For this 2012 fruit was sourced from Ponzi’s certified sustainable vineyards as well as several other certified sustainable vineyards in the area. All of the fruit was hand sorted and Destemmed and then fermented in small lots with five days of cold soak to increase aroma and color. The fermenters were aerated or manually punched down twice a day. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (35% new) for 11 months. It was racked and bottled by gravity without filtration or fining. 2012 is being hailed as an “epic” vintage in Oregon wine history and the wines are proving that to be true. 90+ scores all around for this including 92 from the Wine Spectator who said "Light and silky, bright with cherry, raspberry and cinnamon, coming together harmoniously against refined tannins on the expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2022."
With aromas of chai tea, rose and black currant, this wine possesses classic Pinot flavors. Spiced cherries, coffee, chocolate and even some grenadine flavors lead into a finish that is firm and bright with nice length.
This bottling occupies the middle step between Ponzi’s Tavola and reserve-level Pinots. The exceptional 2012 vintage delivers a wine with unusual concentration for its price. It presents a refreshing mix of briary berry, mineral, hints of chive, pepper, chocolaty barrel notes and a suggestion of yeast, and is finished with fine-grain tannins.