Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Spiced blackberry and raspberry with notes of violet and tobacco frame this expressive nose. The mouth is silky textured with sweet bing cherry and black cassis balanced by firm acidity and well-integrated tannins.
Wine Enthusiast - "A gorgeous wine, lush and refined from the first sniff to the last swallow. Rose petals, cotton candy, chocolate-covered cherries- it's a date in a bottle. As the wine rolls across the palate it seems to gain depth and detail, while keeping the exceptionally pretty fruit flavors front and center. Silky and lightly spicy, with cinnamon, toast, mocha and tobacco highlights."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby. Pungent, expressive scents of black raspberry, cherry pit, cola and violet, with a sexy spicecake quality gaining power with serration. Juicy, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors show real depth but come across as graceful, with very good mineral snap and lift. Fine-grained tannins add shape to the finish, which echoes the cherry and cola notes and lingers impressively. This very young wine has the concentration and balance to reward at least five or six years of cellaring.
Wine Spectator - "Displays impressive density to the spicy, slightly tart, raspberry and tobacco flavors, which linger easily on the lively, focused finish. Drink now through 2018."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve is 100% Chehalem Mountain fruit. Aromas of white pepper, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry lead to a structured effort with loads of savory fruit crammed into its medium-bodied frame. With excellent volume and well-balanced by lively acidity, it should evolve for 3-4 years and deliver prime drinking from 2013 to 2023. "
Burghound.com - "A very reserved and notably ripe nose displays hints of menthol and mint on the otherwise somber dark berry, violet and plum suffused aromas. There is fine density and solid power to the attractively textured and extract-rich flavors that possess a velvety and quite serious mouth feel before terminating in a long and ever-so-slightly warm finish. This is also quite good but it can’t quite match the Abetina and Aurora in their overall balance and complexity."
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Thriving under the second generation for more than two decades, this family owned and operated winery is internationally acclaimed for crafting some of the world's finest cool climate wines. For more than forty years, Ponzi Vineyards has set the standard for New World Pinot noir production with innovation in gravity flow and gentle handling techniques. All 130 acres of Ponzi vineyards are certified sustainable, recognizing the winery’s commitment to environmental responsibility. Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the bar for Oregon wines and remains at the forefront of the nation's top wine producers. View all Ponzi Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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