Pinot Gris from Willamette Valley, Oregon. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and does not undergo malolactic fermentation.
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SRP of $17 and available for as low as $14. 17,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“Founded in 1970 and thriving under the second generation for more than two decades, the Ponzi family continues to set the standard in the New World, crafting cool-climate wines of distinction. Ponzi Vineyards maintains an unwavering commitment to winemaking excellence and responsible stewardship of the land. Pinot gris grapes selected for this cuvee were harvested predominantly from Ponzi’s certified sustainable vineyards.
According to the Oregon Wine Board, 2014 was what they call a “Goldilocks vintage” – not too hot, not too cold and not too much rain. There are tons of different factors that can affect each year’s harvest — the amount of rain (too much or too little), the timing of rain (rain during harvest can be particularly bad), cold temps, extremely hot temps, lack of sunshine and the list goes on. It’s the reason vintage variation is such a big deal. (Although if you ask me it is also part of the fun of being a wine lover — exploring the differences between each vintage can be fascinating.) It’s also quite a glorious thing when everything lines up correctly, as they did in Oregon in 2014.
The 2014 Ponzi Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris begins with a very pleasant, light aroma of apples, lemon cream, a little vanilla and a little tangerine. Tasting reveals tons of flavor with a wonderful, lively, yet creamy, texture in the mouth. Kiwi, tangerine, lemon and apple are just a few of the delicious fruit flavors you’ll find. With 5.7g/L of residual sugar I was expecting the wine to be a bit sweeter, but instead it’s wonderfully balanced. It ends with a long lingering finish of deep tart fruit flavors that last and last. Stock up on this one for summer!
You may also want to check out our review of the Ponzi Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010 – On The Up And Up.