2011 Ponzi "Tavola" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $24)

SKU #1121162 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Juicy boysenberry and black raspberry are indeed sweetly ripe and their feel on the palate soft. Hints of leather and game add well-integrated intrigue, and this disappoints only very slightly for not being longer in finish. Still, it will reward at table over the next couple of years.  (10/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Expressive aromas of strawberry, white pepper, pungent herbs and fresh flowers. Silky, spicy, energetic and light-bodied, showing a silky texture to its flavors of redcurrant, strawberry and bitter herbs. Finishes with dusty tannins and lingering notes of red berries and peppery spices. Try this refreshingly brisk pinot lightly chilled.  (8/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 Firm tannins underline ripe blackberry and floral flavors, with an open-textured and refined finish. Best from 2014 through 2017.  (9/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards Aurora, Avellana, and Madrona as well as other sustainabily farmed vineyards in the Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton and Eola Hills AVAs, Ponzi's 2011 Tavola was made from carfully selected fruit and spent 11 months in 25% new French oak. From Winemaker Luisa Ponzi: "Aromas of crushed cherry, spiced rose petal, a hint of toasted vanilla and savory notes. The delicate mouth shows Italian plum with licorice and a velvety texture finishing bright with fine tannins."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/3/2013  | Send Email
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Nice nose of black cherry and nutmeg spice. Some charred Oak. A subtle stem character adds complexity to the soft pure fruited nature of this wine.

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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.
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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.
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Oregon

- 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 (%): 13.3