About Ponzi 2014 Pinot Noir 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. This 2014 Reserve Pinot noir is a blend of certified sustainable fruit from Ponzis oldest and most prized sites: Abetina, Aurora and Madrona Vineyards; as well as Linda Vista, Kason, Walnut Ridge and Zenith Vineyards. All of the fruit was hand sorted and destemmed. Fermentation was 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 7 day post-fermentation maceration to increase structure and length. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (30% new), for 20 months. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made this a Cellar Selection and scored it 96 points saying "This spent 20 months in 30% new French oak, and incorporates fruit from Ponzis Aurora, Abetina and Madrona vineyards, among others. Aromatic, dense and toasty, it deftly blends aromas and flavors of toast, cigar box, blackberry, black cherry, coffee and graphite. Tannins are polished to a fine sheen, and frame a finish loaded with dark chocolate and espresso. Drink now through 2032."