Saturday, November 21, 2015

2013 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

*Sample received*

Today's wine and no doubt my favorite varietal is the 2013 Ponzi Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from beautiful Oregon. The region is known for growing world class Pinot and on my bucket list for a visit.

Ponzi Vineyards was born in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi with the first wines in barrels in 1974. Two years later those wines were introduced into the Portland market a mere 96 cases of wine and the rest is history from the New York Times feature to the Legendary Producer status of today.

The winemaker is Luisa Ponzi who at an early age showed her passion for wine making while closely shadowing her father. Educated at Portland State she ventured off abroad and became the first American woman to receiver her certificate in enology and viticulture in Beaune France. Her education and experience shaped her philosophy and is evident in the world class wines she crafts today.

The nose on this wine is so aromatic with rich ripe cherry, strawberry rhubarb, tart cranberry and a hint of cocoa, earth and cloves. A wonderful expression of Pinot. Aged 11 months in french oak and aged an additional 5 months in the bottle, the wine was released in Sept 2015.

The mouth is beautiful with luscious cherry and cranberry fruit followed by notes of vanilla and spice. The finish is long showcasing the fruit from start finish. Pinot Noir at it's finest. Well priced at $40. Make a stop for this wine today!


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