Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Vidon Willamette Valley Blanc 2005
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.
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.
Hard to find, but well worth the search.
External Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Vidon Willamette Valley Blanc
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lithe, smooth and appealing for its refinement, offering meaty cherry and spice flavors. Finishes with modest intensity but real clarity. Drink now through 2014.