2009 Ponzi Pinot Noir Reserve
Aromas of cinnamon bark, clove, lavender and violets pave the way to an intriguing array of complex flavors. Spanning from pomegranate to rhubarb-laced black cherry pie, the vibrant fruit does not over shadow the fresh, crisp acidity. While the 2008 vintage was more about muscle and power, in 2009 Luisa Ponzi pulled back the reigns a touch and focused on finesse, while maintaining a beautiful silky frame. As with many 2009 Oregon Pinots, this bottle is surprisingly approachable now yet is very capable of aging for 6-8 years very easily. With over 25 different clones (most of which are 30 plus years old), it’s no surprise that this rare bottling is so complex
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This is the rarest Pinot Noir in our portfolio every year. Aromas of cinnamon bark, clove, lavender and violets pave the way to a complex palate. Flavors span from pomegranate to rhubarb-laced black cherry pie. While the 2008 vintage was more about muscle and power, in 2009 Luisa Ponzi pulled back the reigns a touch and focused on finesse, while maintaining a beautiful silky frame. Our Abetina Vineyard always makes up the backbone of this wine, lending an amazing array of complexity. Planted in 1975 on a tiny two acre block, it’s planted to 20 clones of Pinot Noir; this was one of a few clonal test sites commissioned by Oregon State University in the early days of the industry. As the story goes, the university contacted Dick Ponzi as he was already farming in the area that they intended to plant this vineyard. He agreed to put the vines in the ground and needless to say, they thrived! In the early 80’s, the Ponzi family was presented with an opportunity to purchase the Abetina Vineyard. Ever since, it’s been a treasured vineyard in our portfolio. It is what makes this wine so spectacular year in, year out!