Ponzi Vineyards ‘Laurelwood’ Chardonnay

Oregon Willamette Valley United States North America
Tasting Notes
Technical Details

Floral notes of honeysuckle, white lavender and citrus blooms lead to a complex nose of mandarin, white peach, mango, lemongrass and ginger. The mouth is full and reminiscent of a light meringue with notes of honeycomb, dried pineapple and shortbread all framed by a lively acidity and a beautiful salty fresh finish.

Chardonnay grape blend.
This wine contains allergens, sulfites.
The Estate

The 2019 Laurelwood Chardonnay is a blend of Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Avellana and Aurora Vineyards blended with Paloma Vineyard all on Laurelwood soil in the Laurelwood District AVA of the Chehalem Mountains.

Wine Making

The fruit was whole cluster pressed and the juice moved to French oak barrels (14% new) and fermented in barrel using native yeast. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and 100%. Lees were stirred once a week for 6 months and racked after 12 months to very neutral oak.

Food Suggestions

Pairs well with poultry dishes, shellfish, and mushroom-based dishes.

• Available Size: 750mL (12 pc)
• LIVE- Certified Sustainable Vineyards
• Family-Owned
• Type: Wines
• Sub-type: Wines
• Class: White
• ABV%: 13.2

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate – 95

"The 2019 Chardonnay Laurel wood District comes from seven different vineyard sites throughout the appellation. It's energetic, spicy and mineral-driven this vintage, with transparent aromas of white peach, beeswax, jasmine and flint. The palate pairs spicy fruit with exotic floral undertones. It has a satiny, expansive texture balanced by a spine of shimmery acidity, and it finishes long and expressive."

Wine Spectator – 93

A crunchy and bright chardonnay with sliced lemon and honeysuckle, crushed stone and jasmine. Some lime and green mango too. Lovely acidity and hints of tannins give tension and energy to the wine at the finish.

Wine Enthusiast – 93

"This Chardonnay, made with fruit from the Ponzi family’s original 1970 plantings and a series of Laurelwood District vineyards, is quite a treat. Its floral qualities are almost too numerous to fit into a tasting note. Suffice it to say that honeysuckle, flowering tobacco and lemon catmint provide a heady amount of jasmine and citrus notes. Lighter-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel, this lovely Chardonnay has flavors of Bosc pear, toasted filberts and a clean sea breeze. The acidity is lively, with a touch of butter on the finish."
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