Ponzi ‘Reserve’ Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir
Oregon Willamette Valley United States North America
Tasting Notes
Technical Details

Blueberry compote, spiced plum and chocolate aromas laced with savory notes of rosemary, sage, tobacco and shitake. The broad palate gives black licorice, toasted coconut, amerena cherries and ancho chile surrounding a firm backbone of tarry, dusty tannins. The finish is long and reminiscent of dark chocolate.

Pinot Noir grape blend.
This wine contains allergens, sulfites.
The Estate

Fruit for the Reserve was sourced from our Estate vineyards, some of the oldest vines in the valley, in the newly designated Laurelwood District AVA. Barrels were selected from Ponzi’s Aurora, Abetina. Madrona and Avellana Vineyards for this Reserve blend.

Wine Making

All of the fruit was hand sorted and destemmed. Fermented in small lots with 5 days of cold soak to increase aroma and color, the peak temperatures reached 90 degrees. The fermenters were aerated or manually punched down twice a day (for 12-20 days) before undergoing a post-fermentation maceration to increase structure and length. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new), for 20 months.

Food Suggestions

Pairs well with beef, veal, deer, venison, and poultry dishe

• Available Size: 750mL (12 pc)
• Certified Sustainable
• Family-Owned
• Type: Wines
• Sub-type: Wines
• Class: Red
• ABV%: 14.3

James Suckling – 95

"Aromas of flowers, stems and ripe and dried strawberries. Lavender, too. Medium to full body. Firm and tight structure with black fruit and a flavorful finish. So long and seamless. Needs time to open and give you what it has. Old-vine wine from almost 50-year-old heirloom clones."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate – 95

"Pale ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir Reserve Estate Grown is scented of cranberry sauce, violet, tea leaves, blood orange and wood smoke. The light-bodied palate is grainy and refreshing with generous floral perfume, concentrated fruit and a long, layered finish. Best After 2023."

Wine Enthusiast – 93

"This reserve pulls from the estate's Aurora, Abetina, Avellana and Madrona vineyards. Tart cranberry, pomegranate and raspberry fruits combine here. It's young and juicy and spicy with blood-orange acidity. Definitely built to age, this may be enjoyed now and over the next decade."
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