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Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • WE95
  • ST92
  • RP91
  • WS91
  • BH90
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

WE 95
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.

ST 92
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.
Rating: 92+

RP 91
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.

WS 91
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.

BH 90
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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Ponzi
Ponzi, , Oregon
Ponzi
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.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines...

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Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

RPT75610403_2008 Item# 106911

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