Ponzi Vineyards - Willamette Valley - Tavola Pinot Noir2015
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Wine Enthusiast 92
Stunningly good for an entry-level Pinot Noir, this new Tavola gets the sort of care generally reserved for reserves. Native yeast fermentation and almost a year in 20% new French oak is where it starts; then a barrel selection is made and it's bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep flavors emphasize black fruits, with a dash of pepper highlighting the finish.
by PG, Wine Enthusiast , 2017
In the late 1960s Dick and Nancy Ponzi uprooted their family to pursue a dream of producing world class Pinot Noir. After research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland, Oregon. The winery was founded in 1970, and the first 4 barrels of wine produced in 1974. Ponzi has since become internationally acclaimed for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. For the last 25 years President Maria Ponzi and Winemaker Luisa Ponzi have brought the estate to even greater heights, setting the standard for Oregon and remaining at the forefront of the nation’s top wine producers.
The abundant aromatics leap from the glass with notes of blueberry, caramelized blackberry, Bing cherry and peppercorn. The mouth follows with complex flavors of roasted coffee, baking chocolate and turned earth. Bright fruit complements soft tannins to finish.
The 2015 Tavola Pinot Noir is produced from Ponzi's LIVE Certified Sustainable Avellana Vineyard, as well as other sustainably-grown vineyards in the
Chehalem Mountains, Yamhill-Carlton and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs.
All fruit is sorted then destemmed to 1.5–3 ton fermenters. An extended cold soak increases color and aroma. Fermented by native yeasts, the peak temperatures reach 90 farenheit. The fermenters were aerated or punched down twice a day, then lightly pressed just before dryness to ensure a softer, fruit forward style. The wine was aged in French oak for 11 months (20% new). A barrel selection is made for Tavola, then racked and bottled by gravity without fining or filtration. This wine has been bottle aged for 4 months before release.
2015 will be remembered in Oregon by its cooperative nature. Our earliest vintage since 1992, was marked by a warm and mild winter, early bud break at the end of March and exceptional conditions throughout bloom, flower and fruit set. The summer was dry and warm encouraging early picks of white varietals and rose sites to retain fresh acidity. The temperature dropped and September was one of the coolest on record allowing the pristine fruit to be picked at perfect ripeness with slightly higher yields than normal. This vintage will show these beautiful conditions by the intensity of
fruit flavor, but the balance and acidity will keep the wines nuanced and elegant. A truly gorgeous year for the Willamette Valley.
Delicious early release and entry to Ponzi's Pinot Noir, specifically targeted at restaurant BTG business. Intense aromas of blue fruit and cherry followed by a complex palate with soft tannins to finish.