2013 Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

SKU #1157969 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Gris comes from several sustainable vineyards, fermented in stainless steel with 5.7grams per liter residual sugar. It has an uncomplicated bouquet with light waxy scents, touches of yellow flowers emerging with continued swirling, the kind of bouquet that does not want to create a lot of fuss. The palate is medium-bodied with light pear skin notes on the entry and a fresh but simple, crisp apply finish. This feels light 'n' breezy. Drink over the next year or two.  (3/2015)

K&L Notes

Recognized as one of Oregon’s most consistent Pinot Gris producers for more than 30 years, Ponzi remains a leader of this varietal with initial plantings in 1978. Fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks not exceeding 55 degrees. Malolactic fermentation was prohibited to retain the bright and lively character of the wine.

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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- 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 (%): 13.2