Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Item No. 126905
  • WS92
  • ST92
  • TP92
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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"
92 Points

"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."
92 Points

"An old-timer that can still deliver the goods, lush and juicy; long, elegant and lively with excellent balance."
92 Points

"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"
90 Points

Learn About Ponzi Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Willamette Valley

(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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

Read More About Pinot Noir

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