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Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2005

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"Richin texture, this harmonious wine shows ripe blackberry and cherryflavors shaded with pepper and licorice notes, mingling smoothly on thegraceful finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,500 cases made." Score: 92"White pepper, black plums, dark chocolate and exotic spiceshighlight the constantly evolving nose. The mouth is full and lush withred raspberry, blueberry and cassis. A sweet fruited mid-palateprecedes present, but soft, tannins and a lingering finish."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
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Snooth User: John Andrews
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06/01/2009

Very tight. Needs time to breath. Decant at least an hour. Slowly opens up to earthyness and black cherry. Lots of acid. Initially tart. Subtle fruit, earthy, tannin. Needs a lot of time to open.


External Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve is dark ruby-colored with an alluring perfume of pain grille, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. This is followed by a generous, full-bodied wine with mouth-coating fruit, a velvety texture, layers of flavor, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. The rich, persistent finish goes on for nearly one minute. Give it 3-4 years to evolve drink it from 2012 to 2022. Ponzi Vineyards remains a reference point for American Pinot Noir with winemaker Luisa Ponzi at the top of her game.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2013

Ponzi’s reserve shows plenty of well-defined muscle and sinew, with firm and slightly chewy flavors of red berry, cranberry and spicy red apple. The tannins are relatively smooth and ripe, and the flavors have a pleasing resonance as they weave through the finish. There have been some vintages where the new oak seemed a bit heavy-handed; not so here. This wine has the structure and balance to reward some years in the cellar.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Medium crimson to a pale garnet rim. Medium-bodied. moderately extracted. Moderately oaked. Mildly tannic. Toasty nose reveals caramelized cherry flavors with a mocha and spice note through the finish. Quite angular with bright acids. Well balanced, nice now.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Deep, bright red. Intense aromas of dark berries, smoky Indian spices and cola are brightened by a suave mineral quality. Fleshy, deeply concentrated cherry and black raspberry preserve flavors coat the palate, with supple tannins providing shape. Rich but lively, with excellent finishing clarity and lingering berry and smoke notes. This is drinking very well right now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Velvety, harmonious and beautifully focused to show off its plum and currant flavors, delicately shaded with hints of cream, clove and coffee. This just keeps sailing on the finish. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Plum and pepper, berries and bark; ripe cherries and sharp spices give this lovely Pinot Noir more than its share of cascading flavors; it just keeps on surprising you with something new. Despite all the razzle dazzle, it's a balanced wine whose ripe fruits roll gracefully into a finish loaded with creamy mocha.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ponzi's reserve shows plenty of well-defined muscle and sinew, with firm and slightly chewy flavors of red berry, cranberry and spicy red apple. The tannins are relatively smooth and ripe, and the flavors have a pleasing resonance as they weave through the finish. There have been some vintages where the new oak seemed a bit heavy-handed; not so here. This wine has the structure and balance to reward some years in the cellar.


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"Richin texture, this harmonious wine shows ripe blackberry and cherryflavors shaded with pepper and licorice notes, mingling smoothly on thegraceful finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,500 cases made." Score: 92"White pepper, black plums, dark chocolate and exotic spiceshighlight the constantly evolving nose. The mouth is full and lush withred raspberry, blueberry and cassis. A sweet fruited mid-palateprecedes present, but soft, tannins and a lingering finish."Luisa Ponzi

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