Ponzi Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40

By on September 23, 2015

ponzi-vineyards-pinot-noir-2012-bottleLuisa Ponzi furthers her reputation of expressing Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with this large-scale example made with certified sustainable grapes based on three estate vineyards — Aurora, Avellana and Madrona — and including Oregon Tilth certified fruit from Lemelson Vineyard. This unfined and filtered product of 11 months in 35% new French oak opens with aromas of black cherry, cola and smoked cherry wood, backed by tarragon and saddle leather. The texture is fascinating, bold and earthy as it focuses on black cherry, fig and black plum, backed by pomegranate acidity and finished with saddle leather and Craisins. Enjoy with braised rabbit or duck breast in a cherry reduction sauce, and it shouldn’t be difficult to find with distribution in more than 40 states.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 8,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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