Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This Pinot Noir is a blend of LIVE Certified Sustainable fruit from Ponzi's Aurora, Abetina and Avellana Vineyards, as well as fruit from Linda Vista, Lazy River, Walnut Ridge and Lemelson Vineyards.
This wine meets requirements for the Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine program for responsible agriculture and winemaking practices certified by an independent third party.
Notes of coffee, molasses and tobacco, fresh blackberry and sandalwood define this nose. The sweet mouth of lavender, dark spiced cherry and caramel lead to a long finish of present tannin.
Wine Spectator - "Light and refreshing, with delicate, zingy acidity under ripe currant and plum flavors, persisting gently and expressively on the transparent finish. Drink now through 2018"
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Heady aromas of black raspberry and cherry-cola accented by flowers and spices, with a smoky quality in the background. Suave, seamless and appealingly sweet, offering vibrant red and dark berry flavors and a touch of vanilla. Suggestions of candied flowers and mocha come up on the persistent finish, which features silky tannins and a lingering cola note."
Tasting Panel - "An old-timer that can still deliver the goods, lush and juicy; long, elegant and lively with excellent balance."
The Wine Advocate - "Piquancy of fruit pit, herbal overtones, and a horseradish-like bite to its sustained finish, all inflecting a fundament of juicy, sappy, slightly tart fundament of cherry and cranberry. Fine but noticeable tannins contribute to the wine’s overall sense of invigoration"
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Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi in Beaverton, Oregon. Ponzi is truly a family winery; daughter Louisa is the winemaker, daughter Anna-Maria is marketing director and son Michel is winery controller. The small winery and vineyards are situated 15 miles south of Portland. Ponzi produces limited quantity Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Reserve, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Arneis and Vino Gelato, Ponzi's Italian version of a Riesling ice wine. 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.