Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Vidon Willamette Valley Blanc 2005

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ARVEST 2005: 2005 was one of the coolest growing seasons in the last 10 – 15 years. A winter drought and early, warm spring resulted in bud break in mid-March. An ensuing cold spell slowed bud break until the first part of April, although it was still considered early. A fairly wet spring and moderate summer resulted in later ripening with October bringing substantial rainfall just when fruit was achieving maturity. Harvest was interspersed with rainfall and bursts of sun with windows of dryness dictating picking. This was a vintage for diligent vineyard management and experienced winemaking.Winemakers were rewarded by this long growing season with intense fruit complemented by a freshness of acidity and structure that Oregon has built its reputation on. 2005 is being hailed as a "Classic Oregon Vintage. FERMENTATION: All of the fruit was hand sorted and destemmed. Fermented in small lots with five days of cold soak to increase aroma and color, the peak temperatures reached 90°. The fermenters were aerated or manually punched down twice a day (for 12 - 20 days) before lightly pressing at dryness. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (30% new), for 11 months. It was racked and bottled by gravity without filtration or fining and was aged in bottle for five months before its release.

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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: clintob
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5.00 5
11/20/2007

My third or fourth bottle from Willamette in the past few weeks, this is quickly becoming my favorite region! Really nice bottle... nice body, smooth and even, and best of all remarkably reasonable. Just goes to show that "vintage" is overrated. This young 2005 is better than most 5-7 year old Pinots I've had.


Snooth User: nbbw
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4.00 5
06/13/2008

Hard to find, but well worth the search.


Snooth User: dutchpet
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3.00 5
09/13/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Vidon Willamette Valley Blanc

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

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: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

All potential at the moment, itandrsquo;s showing scents of sandalwood and lemon oil to accent black plum and a deep core of spice, almost like roasted cinnamon. The plum and black cherry fruit gains ground with air, suggesting some staying power.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

Deep red. Bright raspberry and cassis aromas are complemented by vanilla, smoky bacon and cured tobacco. Sweet, lush and creamy, with a ripe cast to the dark berry and candied cherry flavors. Impressively sweet and round but nicely focused on the finish, thanks to a gentle tannic firmness.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

Polished and elegant, with a lovely range of plum, cherry and mint flavors. Shaded with subtle notes of smoke and toast as the flavors linger gently. All beautifully balanced and refined. Drink now through 2012.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Ponziandrsquo;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: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

Lithe, smooth and appealing for its refinement, offering meaty cherry and spice flavors. Finishes with modest intensity but real clarity. Drink now through 2014.


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ARVEST 2005: 2005 was one of the coolest growing seasons in the last 10 – 15 years. A winter drought and early, warm spring resulted in bud break in mid-March. An ensuing cold spell slowed bud break until the first part of April, although it was still considered early. A fairly wet spring and moderate summer resulted in later ripening with October bringing substantial rainfall just when fruit was achieving maturity. Harvest was interspersed with rainfall and bursts of sun with windows of dryness dictating picking. This was a vintage for diligent vineyard management and experienced winemaking.Winemakers were rewarded by this long growing season with intense fruit complemented by a freshness of acidity and structure that Oregon has built its reputation on. 2005 is being hailed as a "Classic Oregon Vintage. FERMENTATION: All of the fruit was hand sorted and destemmed. Fermented in small lots with five days of cold soak to increase aroma and color, the peak temperatures reached 90°. The fermenters were aerated or manually punched down twice a day (for 12 - 20 days) before lightly pressing at dryness. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (30% new), for 11 months. It was racked and bottled by gravity without filtration or fining and was aged in bottle for five months before its release.

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