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Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Smooth ripe generous and elegant with beautifully delineated currant plum and spice flavors that come into sharp focus and glow on the finish.

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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

Member Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve

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Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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5.00 5
01/16/2010

Superlative Pinot Noir that has everything one seeks out in a Pinot - elegance, finesse, class, depth, subtlety, not to mention lots of delicious fruit. This deep yet silky wine has a terrific perfume of plum, spice, crushed berries, and rose blossoms. Seamless, perfectly ripe mouth impression from start to finish. One of the better Pinot's I've tried in recent times.


Snooth User: XZYMURGIST
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4.00 5
09/04/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

At the moment this newly released Pinot rests a bit uneasy; its fruit seems both overripe and underripe, and there is a bit of a hole in the middle palate. The flavors of green apple and rhubarb, combined with sharp acids, create a youthful wine which will certainly last a number of years. How it will develop is uncertain. For the moment, a few hours breathing time are in order.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Rich in texture, this harmonious wine shows ripe blackberry and cherry flavors shaded with pepper and licorice notes, mingling smoothly on the graceful finish. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

All potential at the moment, itrsquo;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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Ponzirsquo;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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Smooth ripe generous and elegant with beautifully delineated currant plum and spice flavors that come into sharp focus and glow on the finish.

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