Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ponzi Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010

This week I opened and finished a sample bottle of Pinot Noir, one night prior to joining winemaker Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi Vinyards on a Wednesday night #winechat on Twitter.  Unfortunately, I had family business, (shopping and dinner out) that kept me from being home in time for the #winechat.  This was also the launch of #TastePonzi Twitter Giveaway.  All details of their giveaway can be found here at

Founded in 1970 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 Riesling.
Luisa Ponzi
For nearly four 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.
For 17 vintages, Luisa’s passion and winemaking talent have continued Ponzi Vineyards’ 40-year acclaimed tradition of producing some of the world’s finest wines.

The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010 (SRP $35) is one of nine Pinot's produced by Ponzi.  Including one Pinot Noir Rosé and a 40th Anniversary Reserve.

Disclaimer: Sample submitted for review.

Aroma's were a little spicy, reminiscent of Shirley's cinnamon apple cake, with some black cherry, blackberry and a smokey aroma of burnt steak. (never had that before)  In the mouth I got a lot of cherry with some blueberry and hints of black licorice and a little cinnamon.  The finish was pretty long with some dark berry and a very small hint of burnt wood.  This is a very nice Pinot Noir, but with so many good Pinot Noir on the market from the West Coast, France and some NY wines being sold much lower than the SRP of $35, I feel the price is a little high for the average wine consumer.  If this is priced right for you or you are looking for that one bottle to splurge on, then the Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is Highly Recommended. 

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