Willamette Valley, Oregon
Ponzi Vineyards is a family-owned winery which was purchased by Dick and Nancy Ponzi in the 1960s and has been operated by the second generation for the last 20 years. The Ponzis were drawn to the Willamette Valley with ease and noticed quickly how great the area would be for cool climate grape varietals. They first planted Pinot Noir, and Ponzi Vineyards was officially established in 1970. The mountain ranges that border the region of Willamette Valley offer many variations of terroir, elevation, soil and climate. The higher elevation vineyards, particularly nearing the Chehalem Mountains, provide optimal conditions for the cool climate wines for which the Ponzis are known. Over the decades Ponzi Vineyards has become renowned for its 'new world' cool-climate Pinot Noir. The tiny production bottled by Ponzi is sourced from 130 acres of sustainable vineyards, where the winery begins its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Pinot Gris with solid acidity can be aged gracefully for several years. In proper conditions, you may cellar your Ponzi Pinot Gris until 2022 and beyond, but we also think it is drinking divinely today. A definite gem, Wine Enthusiast rated this vintage 91 points (and Editor's Choice), "This is done in a crisp, fresh and leesy style, with lime-drenched minerality". Chill to 10-12 C.
Clear and clean, the colour of melted butter. There are slight green/grey reflections when swirled.
Sweet and tart combine to give us the best of sun-ripened tropical and stone fruits, as well as zesty citrus aromas. There is a potency from honeydew melon, kiwi, guava, nectarines and white peaches that gives us a rich and intoxicating sniff. There are also more malic aromas of green apple skin, lime leaf and lemon zest.
We enjoyed this wine best when it was slightly warmer, we suggest 12 C to start and note how the flavours open as the wine warms in your glass. Richly bodied, this PG has some heft on the mid-palate, compliments to the juicy fruits that follow a myriad of flavours, from green pears and apples, lemon, white grapefruit and candied ginger. After your sip, there is a finish filled with almond and a slight bitterness. The gushing acidity helps keep everything fresh and cleanses our palate for the next taste.
Pinot Gris is a 'must have' in your cellar; it's the ultimate dinner date. We like to match the clean and delicate flavours of baked halibut, letting the wine show off its personality: top with a tapenade to add some savoury and salty notes and a base of fluffy couscous.
Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris
Retail: $31.99 Club: $25.49