Ponzi Vineyards

Aurora Chardonnay 2016

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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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.  Aurora yields an elegant wine with bright acidity and fruit.

 

VINEYARD

The Chardonnay grapes for this single vineyard cuvée were grown on Laurelwood soil at Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.

WINEMAKING

The grapes for this wine were sorted and whole cluster pressed to extract maximum flavor. The juice settled for 12 hours before going to barrel for fermentation. It was completed, primarily with wild yeasts, using 15% new French oak. Malolactic fermentation is 100% complete using native bacteria. Lees are stirred weekly for 6 months before a fall racking to neutral oak. Aged in barrel for a total of 20 months and in bottle for 6 months before release.

VINTAGE

For the last three years the Ponzis have been defining the new normal with early vintages in the Willamette Valley. 2016 jumped out of the gate with bud break a full 3 weeks earlier than usual. Flowering was condensed by a heat spell and an early summer gave us beautiful warm temperatures until August when it heated up. Harvest arrived later that month and was in full swing by early September. All fruit was in the door by the first part of October.

Fruit quality was immaculate with absolutely no disease pressure. Fruit set was small due to the short flowering time. Berry size was also small resulting in lower yields and gorgeously intense fruit. We would liken 2016 to the 2006 vintage where we saw lush, beautiful wines with unexpected elegance and acidity, but in achingly short supply. Truly, a stellar vintage for Oregon.

TASTING NOTE

“This perfumed and delicate nose of chamomile, white flower, vanilla wafer, lychee, honeycomb, lime zest and lemon meringue lead to a palate laced with sweet cream, marzipan, melon and lemongrass. The full, textured mouth is framed by bright acidity which brings tension and length to the finish.” – Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay

Appellation

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Farming

Sourced from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard

Alcohol

13.4%

Suggested Retail Price

$65

Reviews

"Florality and firm, spicy cut"

Vinous Media -

"Pale, shimmering gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit and ginger qualities on the highly perfumed nose, along with a suave honeysuckle nuance. Dry, chewy and focused in the mouth, offering bitter pear skin, Meyer lemon and quinine flavors and a deeper honeydew note that emerges with air. Closes minerally and long, displaying lingering florality and firm, spicy cut. 15 % new oak."

supple and seductive

Wine Enthusiast - “Oregon Chardonnay is attracting global attention thanks to wines such as this. Supple and seductive, it opens with splashy flavors of chamomile, lychee, citrus zest and flesh. There’s a whiff of lemongrass and just the right touch (15%) of new French oak.”

Trade Materials

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