Ponzi Vineyards Avellana Pinot Noir 2017 (94 VM)
“Saturated scarlet. Powerful cherry, black raspberry and cola scents are accompanied by smoky mineral and floral nuances that build as the wine opens up. Impressively concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering cherry-vanilla, dark berry and spice cake flavors that tighten up steadily and become sweetness on the back half. Smoothly plays power off elegance and finishes impressively long and juicy, with fine-grained tannins arriving late. 50% new French oak.”
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Avellana is a “younger” vineyard planted in 2006. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style of Pinot Noir 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.