Wine Enthusiast 91 points - Who puts their lowest-priced Pinot Noir in 20% new French oak, and includes fruit from their best vineyards in the blend? Ponzi does, and the result is a terrific vintage for Tavola. Bright, compact, aromatic and lushly fruited with plum and black cherry, this is a stunning value. Cola, caramel and cinnamon spice add further details and highlights.
Wine & Spirits 92 points - Ponzi’s entry-level red, this lacks any pretension and airs. But its youthful energy, a lively red cherry scent, a plush middle-palate and a Jory-soiled redness to the fruit flavors, not to mention a volcanic grip of tannins, make this a lot of wine for the dough.
Wine Spectator 88 points - Fresh and expressive, light-footed but juicy, with black cherry and root beer flavors, lingering gently on the nubby finish. Drink now through 2019. 12,500 cases made.
(Feb 29 2016)
Founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi, Ponzi vineyards is considered a pioneer in its field, setting the standard for viticultural innovation and winemaking excellence in Oregon. The Ponzi family has always maintained a philosophy of building strong, healthy vineyards through sustainable agricultural practices. All 120 acres of the Ponzi owned and managed vineyards - Estate, Abetina, Madrona, Aurora and Avellana - are LIVE Certified Sustainable. In 1988, Robert Parker named Dick Ponzi as one of the finest winemakers in the world; only three other Americans were so recognized. In 1994 Dick handed over winemaking duties to his daughter Luisa, though the two still work closely together. Luisa apprenticed with Christophe Roumier of Domaine Roumier in Burgundy as well as with Luca Currado of Vietti in Piedmont. Ponzi Vineyards consistently achieves excellence in the creation of its wines. No expense is spared, no experiment untried. “There is a reputation behind our label that I want people to know they can count on.” ~ Winemaker Luisa Ponzi
|Wine maker notes
|Warm aromas of ripe plum, cola, tobacco and cayenne frame the floral notes of violet and dried rose petal in the nose. The plush and silky mouth shows spicy black cherry and sweet almond while the juicy acidity and soft tannins make this wine dangerously approachable.
|Founded more than 30 years ago in Oregon's lush Willamette Valley, Ponzi Vineyards is internationally acclaimed for producing some of the world's finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and White Riesling.
For more than three decades, wine pioneers Dick and Nancy Ponzi have set the standard for Oregon's viticultural innovation while maintaining an unwavering commitment to a tradition of winemaking excellence. Today, this philosophy is carried on by the Ponzi Family's second generation: Winemaker Luisa Ponzi, Sales/Marketing Director Maria Ponzi Fogelstrom and Operations Manager Michel Ponzi.
The Ponzi Family's 100 acres of family-owned vineyards in the Northern Willamette Valley are LIVE Certified, the world's highest standard for sustainable viticulture. Ponzi Vineyards continues to hold long-term contracts with many of the best growers in the region.
Driven by the concept that the variety must match the terroir and climate, Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the standard for Oregon and remains at the forefront of the nation's top wine producers.