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Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Noir Reserve 2017

Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley

Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve is the epitome of restrained power. It hails from estate grown fruit on Laurelwood soils in the Chehalem Mountains, including from some of Oregon’s oldest vines. This remarkably complex wine is handcrafted with tremendous attention to detail.

Wine Enthusiast "A refined, almost delicate sensibility is at work here. This is the most Burgundian of the high-end Ponzi Pinots, young and fresh and racy and tight. The bright raspberry and…

James Suckling "Attractive ripe and pure red cherry fruit that is nicely framed in spice, conifer-forest and sweet-earth elements. The palate has a bold heart of concentrated red-cherry flavor and delivers a…

Ponzi Vineyards

Chardonnay Reserve 2017

Laurelwood District, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley

The Ponzi family has dedicated over 30 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay. Now labeled with the Laurelwood District AVA designation, Oregon’s first soil-based AVA, the 2017 Chardonnay Reserve features a new label design with a textured effect that resembles the layers of the Laurelwood soils.

Wine Enthusiast Editors' Choice  "Recently sold to Champagne Bollinger, Ponzi is using the most recent releases to showcase the newly approved Laurelwood District AVA. Although the single-vineyard 2018 estate Chardonnays have already…

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Avellana Pinot Noir 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Avellana is a “younger” vineyard planted in 2006. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style of Pinot Noir as compared to the Aurora single vineyard wine.

Vinous Media "Saturated scarlet. Powerful cherry, black raspberry and cola scents are accompanied by smoky mineral and floral nuances that build as the wine opens up. Impressively concentrated yet lively on the…

Wine Advocate "The 2017 Pinot Noir Avellana Vineyard, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, has a medium ruby color and aromas of blackberries and red berries with notes of blood…

Wine Spectator "Shows refinement and structure, with sleek raspberry and green tea flavors that take on lively tannins and acidity toward fine-grained tannins."

James Suckling "This has a very rich, fresh array of ripe dark cherries and a rose-hip and brown-tea edge. The palate has a very smooth, silky feel with layered tannins that deliver…

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Aurora Pinot Noir 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Aurora means sunrise and represents an unparalleled combination of bright acidity, texture and freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. Aurora yields an elegant wine with bright acidity and fruit.

Vinous Media "Limpid ruby-red. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, cola and candied rose, and a smoky flourish builds in the glass. Freshly, spice-tinged raspberry, bitter cherry and floral…

Wine Advocate "The 2017 Pinot Noir Aurora Vineyard, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, has a pale ruby color and scents of dried leaves, tobacco, graphite and charcuterie over a…

Wine Spectator "Focused and well-built, with raspberry and jasmine tea accents that take on structure toward fine-grained tannins."

James Suckling "Attractive aromas of ripe red cherries and berries with violets and a subtly earthy edge, as well as forest-floor and leafy, undergrowth notes. The palate has a very seamless build…

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Chardonnay Reserve 2016

Willamette Valley

The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.

Wine Advocate "The 2016 Chardonnay Reserve has a lovely nose of apple pie, hazelnuts, honey, cream and mushroom with notes of cheese rind and a spicy undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate has a…

Vinous Media "Brilliant straw-yellow. Spice-and-smoke-accented melon, pear and white peach aromas are complicated by suggestions of orange zest, toasty lees and pungent flowers. Juicy, palate-caressing orchard and pit fruit, candied ginger and…

Wine Enthusiast Editor's Choice "With both quality and interest in Oregon Chardonnay at an all-time high, it's a pleasure to see one of the state's founding wineries offering its reserve-level effort at…

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2016 Chardonnay Reserve is a richer, medium-bodied effort that has a solid kiss of oak to go with plenty of classy orchard and citrus fruits, toasted nuts, white flowers,…

James Suckling "This is a complex chardonnay with a wealth of ripe peaches and pears, framed in attractive, grilled-cashew and praline nuances. The palate has very composed texture and freshness and delivers…

Wine Spectator "Polished and pretty, with elegantly layered pear and tropical fruit accents that take on zesty spice notes on the finish." 

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Avellana Chardonnay 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Oregon Chardonnays present an unparalleled combination of bright acidity, texture and freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. The successes at Aurora Vineyard are expressed at this youthful vineyard planted in 2006. The site features a fusion of the right clones and rootstock planted on rich Laurelwood soil. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style Chardonnay as compared to the Aurora single vineyard wine.

Vinous Media "Translucent yellow-gold. Powerful pear nectar and Meyer lemon aromas are complemented by suggestions of vanilla, buttered toast and smoky minerals. Silky in texture and nicely concentrated, offering palate-coating citrus and…

Wine Advocate (92+ WA) "The 2017 Chardonnay Avellana Vineyard was fermented in 45% new French oak and aged 20 months in neutral oak. It is slow to open on the nose, taking its time…

James Suckling "Very impressive, pure and lively aromas of fresh lemons on offer here with lemon pastry, stones and a fragrant, spiced-pastry note. The palate has impressive, fleshy appeal and smooth peaches…

Wine Spectator "Polished and compelling, showing graceful complexity and offering lively apple blossom and pear flavors that linger on the long, supple finish."

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Pinot Noir Reserve 2016

Willamette Valley

The Pinot Noir Reserve comes primarily from estate grown fruit on Laurelwood soil in the Chehalem Mountains, including from some of Oregon’s oldest vines. It is hand crafted on a boutique scale, with tremendous attention to detail. An intense wine, it has an explosive nose of sassafras, coffee, sweet plum and spice box; a full and seamless palate with baker's chocolate, blueberry, lavender and tea; and a long and balanced finish. I

Wine Advocate "Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve has slowly blossoming scents of cured meats, pink peppercorn, warm earth and dried herbs and flowers with red currant, cranberry and…

Vinous Media "Limpid ruby-red. Pungent cherry cola, black raspberry and candied rose aromas are complemented by building mocha and spice notes. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering juicy red and dark berry…

Jeb Dunnuck "The smaller production 2016 Pinot Noir offers a concentrated, powerful style as well as ample black cherry and mulled plum fruits intermixed with plenty of scorched earth, graphite, Asian spices,…

James Suckling "This has bright, punchy aromas of cassis and ripe dark cherries with anise and forest-wood notes. The palate offers a very vibrant core of fine tannins that is set in…

Wine Spectator "Polished and structured, featuring vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors, accented by orange peel and savory spice notes that build richness toward refined tannins."

Wine Enthusiast "Smooth and silky, this lovely reserve is loaded with ripe plum and cherry fruit. Barrel aging (20 months in 30% new French oak) brings cellar, nutmeg and chocolate notes. There's…

Ponzi Vineyards

Chardonnay Reserve 2015

Willamette Valley

The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.

Vinous Media "Light bright yellow. Fresh pear, peach and tangerine on the highly perfumed nose; hints of fennel and toasted brioche gain strength with air. Pliant and juicy in the mouth, offering…

Wine Advocate "The 2015 Chardonnay Reserve has a delicate nose of crème fraîche, lemon confit, white peach and wet stone. Medium to full-bodied and creamy textured, it fills the mouth with ripe…

Wine Enthusiast “This excellent reserve celebrating the winery’s 45th anniversary is a multi-vineyard blend that includes grapes from the top cuvées. It’s high toned and scented with whiskey barrel aromas and hints…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2015 Tech Sheet (91 WE)

Ponzi Vineyards

Chardonnay Reserve 2014

Willamette Valley

The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.

Wine Enthusiast (Editors' Choice) “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…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2014 Tech Sheet (93 WE) Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2014 Shelf Talker (93 WE)

Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Noir Reserve 2015

Willamette Valley

The Pinot Noir Reserve comes primarily from estate grown fruit on Laurelwood soil in the Chehalem Mountains, including from some of Oregon’s oldest vines. It is hand crafted on a boutique scale, with tremendous attention to detail. An intense wine, it has an explosive nose of sassafras, coffee, sweet plum and spice box; a full and seamless palate with baker's chocolate, blueberry, lavender and tea; and a long and balanced finish. I

Vinous Media "Lurid ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe blackberry, cherry and candied flowers, and exotic incense and potpourri nuances add complexity. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering densely packed…

Wine Advocate (93+) "The 2015 Pinot Noir Reserve is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a lovely nose of lilac perfume over fresh, pure crushed blueberry and blackberry fruit with layers of…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2015 Tech Sheet (93+ WA)

Wine Spectator “Refined and graceful, with precise dark raspberry, licorice and clove flavors that take on richness and weight toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2023.” ‒ 91 Points Wine Spectator

Ponzi Vineyards

Laurelwood Pinot Noir 2017

Laurelwood District, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley

For over 50 years, the Ponzi family has farmed 140 acres of certified sustainable vineyards all planted on Laurelwood soil. Situated along the Northern ridge of the Willamette Valley, these ancient soils are comprised of fractured basalt layered over with a fine, windblown sediment called loess. A decade-long effort by sisters Maria and Luisa, alongside their neighbors has resulted in the recognition of Oregon’s first soil-based AVA, the Laurelwood District. The inaugural 2017 vintage boasts the new label design, with a textured effect that resembles the layers of the Laurelwood soils.

Wine Enthusiast "A late release from Ponzi (now owned by Champagne Bollinger), this tasty, toasty, spicy wine is ready for immediate drinking. A mix of estate and purchased fruit, all designed to…

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Tavola Pinot Noir 2018

Willamette Valley

Tavola is Ponzi's delicious early release Pinot Noir, a fruit-forward wine with soft tannins, made primarily from younger, lower elevations vines. Meant for early consumption, it is an unbeatable value for quality Pinot Noir.

Wine Spectator "Generous and lively, with rose petal, raspberry and cherry accents that glide on the long, sleek finish." - T.F.

Wine Enthusiast "This widely available bottling is sourced from vineyards scattered across the Willamette Valley. Aromatic and bright, the sassy raspberry fruit dominates nose and palate […] It was aged in 20%…

James Suckling "This has a very attractive dose of rich dark cherries on the nose with a bright, silky palate that has long, seamless tannins that carry super long and fresh. Good…

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Pinot Gris 2018

Willamette Valley

One of the original and most recognized Oregon and U.S. Pinot Gris producers, Ponzi was a major influence in establishing Pinot Gris as the first quality white grape variety in Oregon. Ponzi's Pinot Gris is an irresistably aromatic and expressive wine, and serves as a first encounter for many wine drinkers with Oregon wines and the Ponzi estate.

Vinous Media "Silver-hued straw. Vibrant aromas of grapefruit pith, green apple and pungent flowers, backed by subtle mineral and honey nuances. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, offering tangy citrus and…

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Classico Pinot Noir 2016

Willamette Valley

The "classic" representation of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, this wine encapsulates the experience, innovation, top vineyard sources, and expertise of the pioneering Ponzi family. Among the first to make Pinot Noir in Oregon and the United States and, since the start, among the very best. 

Vinous Media "Brilliant red. Fresh cherry and black raspberry scents are complicated by suave floral pastille, succulent herb and baking spice nuances. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering nicely concentrated, spice-tinged…

Jeb Dunnuck "Moving to the reds, the 2016 Pinot Noir Classico is a pretty, perfumed, and complex wine that offers lots of spiced red fruits, dried flowers, and forest floor aromatics, medium…

Wine Enthusiast "This Ponzi Pinot offers brambly berry fruit wrapped in flavors of thistle and underbrush. It's textural and aromatic, with lavender, sage and dried herbs. Sourced from multiple vineyards scattered throughout…

Wine Spectator "Lithe and delicately expressive, with aromas of fresh violet, cherry and orange peel, opening to sleek and layered flavors that linger on the finish."

Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Gris 2017

Willamette Valley

One of the original and most recognized Oregon and U.S. Pinot Gris producers, Ponzi was a major influence in establishing Pinot Gris as the first quality white grape variety in Oregon. Ponzi's Pinot Gris is an irresistably aromatic and expressive wine, and serves as a first encounter for many wine drinkers with Oregon wines and the Ponzi estate.

Vinous Media "Green-hued straw. Aromas of fresh peach, pear and orange, lifted by a spicy ginger flourish. Fleshy and dry on the palate, showing good clarity to the juicy citrus and orchard…

Wine Advocate "The 2017 Pinot Gris has lively scents of Bosc pears, apples, river stone and white blossoms with touches of baker's yeast. The palate is light-bodied with fresh fruits, bright acidity…

Ponzi Vineyards

Tavola Pinot Noir 2017

Willamette Valley

Tavola is Ponzi's delicious early release Pinot Noir, a fruit-forward wine with soft tannins, made primarily from younger, lower elevations vines. Meant for early consumption, it is an unbeatable value for quality Pinot Noir.

Vinous Media "Deep red. Ripe, mineral-tinged red berry and cherry scents, along with a hint of succulent herbs and building spiciness. Smooth and open-knit, showing very good depth to the bitter cherry…

Ponzi Vineyards

Tavola Pinot Noir 2016

Willamette Valley

Tavola is Ponzi's delicious early release Pinot Noir, a fruit-forward wine with soft tannins, made primarily from younger, lower elevations vines. Meant for early consumption, it is an unbeatable value for quality Pinot Noir.

Wine Enthusiast “Ponzi’s Tavola consistently out-performs reserve-level wines from elsewhere. Credit the outstanding vineyard sources, which include Ponzi’s Avellana vineyard, and of course the skillful winemaking, which begins with native yeast fermentation.…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Tavola Pinot Noir 2016 Tech Sheet (91 WE) Ponzi Vineyards Tavola Pinot Noir 2016 Shelf Talker (91 WE)

Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Gris 2016

Willamette Valley

One of the original and most recognized Oregon and U.S. Pinot Gris producers, Ponzi was a major influence in establishing Pinot Gris as the first quality white grape variety in Oregon. Ponzi's Pinot Gris is an irresistably aromatic and expressive wine, and serves as a first encounter for many wine drinkers with Oregon wines and the Ponzi estate.

Wine Enthusiast (Editors' Choice) “This is done in a crisp, fresh and leesy style, with lime-drenched minerality.  Flavors of white peach and guava gain volume and density as the wine warms on the palate. …

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris 2016 Tech Sheet (91 WE) Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris 2016 Shelf Talker (91 WE)

Ponzi Vineyards

Classico Pinot Noir 2015

Willamette Valley

The "classic" representation of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, this wine encapsulates the experience, innovation, top vineyard sources, and expertise of the pioneering Ponzi family. Among the first to make Pinot Noir in Oregon and the United States and, since the start, among the very best. 

Wine Advocate "Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Classico has an open nose of dried cranberries and black cherries with cardamom, floral perfume and spicy touches. Light to…

Wine Enthusiast (Editors' Choice) "This relatively new mid-level Pinot Noir is a mix of estate and purchased grapes aged for almost a year in one third new oak barrels. It’s firm, compact and juicy, with red…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Classico Pinot Noir 2015 Tech Sheet (92 WE) Ponzi Vineyards Classico Pinot Noir 2015 Shelf Talker (92 WE)

Ponzi Vineyards

Pinot Noir Reserve 2014

Willamette Valley

The Pinot Noir Reserve comes primarily from estate grown fruit on Laurelwood soil in the Chehalem Mountains, including from some of Oregon’s oldest vines. It is hand crafted on a boutique scale, with tremendous attention to detail. An intense wine, it has an explosive nose of sassafras, coffee, sweet plum and spice box; a full and seamless palate with baker's chocolate, blueberry, lavender and tea; and a long and balanced finish. I

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