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Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Tavola 2011

Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Tavola 2011

750ML        
Sku: 015565

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

Tasting notes
Pronounced aromas of black cherry, burnt sugar and vanilla lead to flavors of fresh plums and spice. Silky tannins are nicely featured on the lingering finish.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 88 points (Oct 2013)
“Im looking for more ripeness and softer tannins, says Luisa Ponzi of her 2011 Pinot Noir Tavola, Aand this year we got that in our lower-elevation sites, avoiding some of the bitterness that some of the older (vine) sites got. I pressed more gently and fermented at lower temperature. This was also the first year in which I tried using some enzymes, namely on this wine. Juicy boysenberry and black raspberry are indeed sweetly ripe and their feel on the palate soft. Hints of leather and game add well-integrated intrigue, and this disappoints only very slightly for not being longer in finish. Still, it will reward at table over the next couple of years.
 Wine Enthusiast 88 points (Oct 2013)
Spicy scents of rose petals, a hint of coconut, and well-integrated savory accents mark this palate-pleasing effort. The cool vintage adds some minerality, like a dusting of crushed rock.

Technical notes
Estate fruit was blended with grapes sourced from vineyards in the Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton and Eola Hills. The fruit was sorted, destemmed and macerated for an extended period, fermented in 1.5-3 ton fermentors using native yeasts, punched down twice a day and aged for 11 months in French oak (25% new). After the best barrels were selected for Tavola, the wine was racked and bottled by gravity without fining or filtration.

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Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: North Willamette
Appellation: Dundee Hills
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine

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