Pinot Blanc 2017
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot blanc was planted at Aurora Vineyard in the early 1990s, taking advantage of an ideal portion of the 80-acre site. This versatile white wine is a wonderful alternative to Pinot gris. Beautiful floral aromas of jasmine and magnolia mingle with notes of lychee, lemongrass, beeswax and green tea mochi with a touch of cardamom. The textured mouth is reminiscent of shortbread and the freshness of rainwater and wet slate with bright, juicy acidity that encourages another sip.
The 2017 Pinot Blanc is produced entirely from LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.
Fermentation took place in temperature controlled, stainless-steel tanks, not exceeding 55˚F. No malolactic fermentation in an effort to retain the bright and lively character of the wine. Screw caps were used in 100% of the production.
The 2017 vintage was a welcome throwback to more classic vintage years after the previous 5 warm years. Winter and spring were unusually cold, delaying bud break by a few weeks into April and bloom following suit in late June. Fortunately, the Willamette Valley was spared any effect from the terrible smoke and fires that wreaked havoc in Northern California.
Fruit set was very large, so judicious fruit thinning was required to maintain quality and control volume. Cool nights during harvest kept acids brilliant and rain ensured beautiful conditions for ripe, clean fruit with mature skin and seed tannin. Reminiscent of recent vintages–2010 and 2011–this vintage will be one to enjoy immediately and for the long term.
Guava, passionfruit, pineapple and star jasmine laced with white licorice and honeysuckle give this nose tropical and floral notes. The mouth shows quince, lemon curd and ripe nectarine finishing broad and supple with a touch of slate minerality and fresh acidity.
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Fruit for this wine is produced entirely from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.
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