11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

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Ponzi Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

ponzi-vineyards-2011-pinot-noirHere’s a shining example of how prevalent the certified sustainable movement is within the Oregon wine industry. Luisa Ponzi harvested four LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) estate sites — Abetina, Aurora, Avellana and Madrona — as well as 12 other vineyards, each certified. Her largest production wine carries aromas of raspberry, spiced plum, cherry pipe tobacco, violet and lime peel. It’s loaded with flavors of dark cherry juice, black currant and cola, while mild tannins make it quite smooth through to the lengthy finish of president plum, pomegranate and saddle leather.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 7,840 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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