About Ponzi 2014 Chardonnay Reserve, Willamette Valley
In the late 1960s Dick and Nancy Ponzi purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland, Oregon. They realized the Northern Willamette Valley's climate was ideal for cool climate varieties. Pinot Noir cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded. The methods, philosophies and winemaking passion established more than 40 years ago are still practiced today under the family's second generation. Ponzi has become internationally acclaimed for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The 2014 Chardonnay Reserve is a blend of Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Avellana and Aurora Vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, along with Sunset View Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and organically farmed Thistle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA. The fruit was whole cluster pressed and the juice moved to French oak barrels (10% new) and fermented in barrel using partial wild 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. After 20 months of barrel age the wine was bottled by gravity. Wine Enthusiast Magazine selected this as an "Editors' Choice" scoring it 93 points they said "This stellar reserve remains one of the finest Chardonnays from Oregon. Meyer lemon, peanut oil, salted nuts, citrus and tangerine combine in a deep and intense palate. Whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented (but in just 10% new French oak), this delicious, dense and penetrating wine should be consumed now through the early 2020s."