2012 Ponzi "Tavola" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1156065 91 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and inviting, with cherry and raspberry notes at the core, showing hints of cinnamon and hibiscus around the edges. The flavors float easily into the finish. Drink now through 2019.  (9/ 2014)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Suave and seamless, with scents of dark berry and unsweetened chocolate, this elegant red isn’t particularly complex or deep, just a straight line of Pinot flavor. For duck confit.  (4/ 2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Wonderfully fragrant, with a full-on expression of dark, plummy, black cherry fruit, this is fairly substantial. Slightly smoky tannins grip and hold through a medium-long finish. Lovely texture, with a wash of cola running through the back end.  (8/ 2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. Sexy, expressive aromas of fresh red berries, peppery spices and rose, with a hint of cola building with air. Supple and open-knit, with good lift and thrust to its sweet raspberry and cherry flavors. Emphatically fruity pinot with good finishing clarity and no obvious tannins. This is extremely easy to drink.  (8/ 2014)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/17/2014  | Send Email
A fair price for a truly great Pinot from the Willamette. I think I've got my next go-to wine for my Pinot tasting events to represent this region. I'll probably end up enjoying this with pizza grilled at home with a variety of toppings from pesto to sauteed home-grown onions, mozzarella to buratta. The slight char from the grill and smokiness combining with the fresh ingredients will be an awesome complement to 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.

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 (%): 13.4