"Our Chardonnay Reserve blends new Dijon Clones andold Chardonnay vines presenting a wine with lovely structure and depth. With aromas of apple, pineapple, roasted nuts, this wine is medium bodied with mineral characteristics and a bright finish, creating a elegant style." -Luisa Ponzi
Wine Advocate 92 points - Like their Pinot Blanc, bringing together fruit from their family’s Chehalem Mountains Aurora Vineyard with a bit from Thistle west of Dundee, the Ponzis’ 2011 Chardonnay Reserve (there was no corresponding 2010) displays ripe white peach, pear, pineapple and lime wreathed in honeysuckle, its palate at once creamy and brightly refreshing; but, what’s more, possessed of saline, crustacean, and chicken stock savor that honestly put me in mind of Chablis, and that make for a mouthwatering finish, effortlessly integrating the hints of vanilla and caramelized resin from barrel, as well as yet more alluring almond and peach kernel. This superb value is likely to be worth following through at least 2017 and I would not be at all surprised to witness it both gaining allure along the way and then surpassing that projection. (Oct 2013)
Wine Spectator 91 points - Fresh and inviting, lean and lithe, with a crisp underpinning to the pear and honeysuckle flavors, lingering gently. Gains focus on the pinpoint finish. Drink now through 2016.—H.S. (Oct 30 2013)
Aromas of apple, pineapple and roasted nuts ... a medium body with mineral characteristics ... a bright finish ... this is the ideal Chardonnay style we strive for with each vintage.
To accomplish this ideal, we gently press whole clusters, ferment the wine in French oak barrels with our proprietary yeast, frequently stir the lees and allow the wine to mature for 18 months in barrel. In our continuing commitment to the perfect match of varietal and climate, Ponzi Chardonnay is made with Dijon clones, which are ideally suited to the long, cool growing season in the Willamette Valley.
The barrel select Chardonnay blends – Willamette Valley and Reserve – are unfiltered, unfined, and aged in bottle eight months before release.
|Founded more than 30 years ago 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 White Riesling.
For more than three 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.
Driven by the concept that the variety must match the terroir and climate, Ponzi Vineyards continues to set the standard for Oregon and remains at the forefront of the nation's top wine producers.