Ponzi Vineyards 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $60

By on August 5, 2014

ponzi-vineyards-reserve-pinot-noir-bottleThe coolest summer in nearly two decades challenged winemakers, but the cellar should be quite kind to many from this vintage, including reserve from one of Oregon top producers. Sustainably farmed estate vineyards Aurora, Abetina and Avellana played major roles, as did a 20-month program of 50% new French oak. Laurelwood soils in the Chehalem Mountains help create aromas of black cherry, plum and cola, backed by nuances of cigar box, allspice, dusty herbs, minerality and a whiff of smoke. Plump cherries and plums show a touch of jamminess on the palate, backed by raspberry, red currant, more spice and black pepper.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,050 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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