2013 Ponzi "Reserve" Willamette Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1220849 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 ***Editors' Choice**** Although 2013 may have been a difficult vintage, for some winemakers it resulted in immaculate wines with impeccable precision and focus. In this wine, the medium-bodied fruit runs from apple to pineapple. Twenty months in 10% new French oak has left an indelible impression of buttered nuts and a pleasantly oily mouthfeel. (PG)  (1/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and expressive, featuring a generous mouthful of pear, lime and guava on an open-weave frame, lingering easily on the lightly toasty finish. Drink now through 2020. (HS)  (2/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay Reserve comes from Chehalem and Dundee Hills and sees 10% new French oak and 100% malolactic, lees stirred weekly for six months and racked after 12 months. It has a composed bouquet with vanilla tinged citrus fruit, shaved almond and nectarine, lively and quite exuberant in the glass. The palate is fresh on the entry, rounded in the mouth with hints of coconut and white chocolate tincturing the citrus fruit. (NM)  (6/2016)

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2016 | Send Email
Very bright, with lean, good acidity. Granny Smith apples, some saline notes. A great alternative to heavy, buttery Chardonnay. Look past the wonderful Ponzi Pinot Noir and consider this Chardonnay!

By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2015 | Send Email
This is one of those fantastic Chardonnays that has a little something for everyone. It's extremely aromatic with Asian pear, toasted hazelnut, and a hint of nutmeg, and it nails that awesome interplay of richer, more savory notes uplifted by bright fruit and minerality. This is one of my new favorite domestic Chardonnays and will be on my table at Thanksgiving!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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