Ponzi Vineyards Avellana Chardonnay 2017 (92+ WA) (92+ WA)
“The 2017 Chardonnay Avellana Vineyard was fermented in 45% new French oak and aged 20 months in neutral oak. It is slow to open on the nose, taking its time to offer scents of fresh quince, white apricot, citrus blossom, stone and a toasty touch, with nutty nuances coming through with time. In the mouth, it’s medium-bodied with a silky texture and bright, fresh fruit character, framed by tangy acidity and finishing very long.”
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Oregon Chardonnays present an unparalleled combination of bright acidity, texture and freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. The successes at Aurora Vineyard are expressed at this youthful vineyard planted in 2006. The site features a fusion of the right clones and rootstock planted on rich Laurelwood soil. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style Chardonnay as compared to the Aurora single vineyard wine.
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.