Forbes has published its most recent gift guide round up, this one focused entirely on Chardonnay wines to consider this holiday season! Wine writer Courtney Schiessl speaks to Chardonnay’s versatility and its wide range of styles, from fresh and zesty to rich and toasty. Ponzi Vineyard’s 2014 Reserve Chardonnay is one of her favorite expressions of this grape from around the world. She elaborates by explaining that “Oregon, specifically the Willamette Valley, is producing exciting Chardonnay wines these days. This bottle is emblematic of the emerging Willamette style, well-balanced between plump, rich fruit and a fine line of tart acidity. The Ponzi Chardonnay is actually far more expressive after some contact with oxygen, so consider decanting it or saving some for day two of sipping.” See her full list of recommendations here
The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.
Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dick and Nancy Ponzi helped put Oregon on the map in the United States and the world. The mantle has been picked up by daughters Maria and Luisa Ponzi, who continue the family history of leadership and innovation in the region and, in the case of Pinot Noir, across the country.