2010 Ponzi "Tavola" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1080078 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Lively redcurrant and strawberry aromas show good clarity and become spicier with air. Sappy and light on its feet, offering nervy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. Finishes spicy and brisk, leaving a peppery note behind.  (7/2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Light, silky and polished, offering dark berry and lime flavors that dance lightly through the finish. Drink now through 2014. (Web Only- 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Assembled from material grown throughout the Willamette Valley and intended to focus on fruit, the Ponzi 2010 Pinot Noir Tavola displays snappy, juicy red currant and sour cherry fruit with a mouthwateringly saline streak. Tender in texture, it finishes simply but refreshingly, and ought to serve well over the next several years.  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

This Pinot Noir cuvée comes from a handful of Ponzi's estate vineyards, and also includes fruit from other sustainably farmed sites in the Dundee Hills, the Yamhill-Carlton District and the Eola-Amity Hills for a true Willamette Valley representation. 2010 was a cool and very wet vintage, but an early bud break and streak of warm days in fall made for long growing season, yielding perfectly ripe fruit for a late harvest. This very fragrant Tavola has a nose of Bing cherries and clove, with subtle vanilla accents. The palate is smooth and flavorful, with refreshing acidity and a nice burst of fruit and spice at the finish. It was was aged for 11 months in 25% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered, and rested five months in bottle prior to release. Ponzi's Tavola is driven by fruit and spice, made in a sophisticated and yet approachable style. It is a delicious introduction to Willamette Valley Pinot.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

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- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5