2014 Ponzi "Tavola" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $25.00)

SKU #1226013 92 points Wine & Spirits

 *Best Buy* Ponzi's entry-level red, this lacks any pretension and airs. But its youthful energy, a lively red cherry scent, a plush middle-palate and a Jory-soiled redness to the fruit flavors, not to mention a volcanic grip of tannins, make this a lot of wine for the dough.  (2/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Who puts their lowest-priced Pinot Noir in 20% new French oak, and includes fruit from their best vineyards in the blend? Ponzi does, and the result is a terrific vintage for Tavola. Bright, compact, aromatic and lushly fruited with plum and black cherry, this is a stunning value. Cola, caramel and cinnamon spice add further details and highlights.  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

Ponzi's Tavola ("table" in Italian) Pinot Noir--is just that: wine for the table. It is a go-to food-friendly wine for weeknight dinners, and it won't disappoint on charm. Bonus: it's certified sustainable! From the winemaker: "This forward wine is filled with lush aromas of plum, black cherry, cola and caramel. The mouth follows suit with white pepper and mint notes intermingled with the sweet fruit mid palate leading to a finish of soft, but present tannins."

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2016 | Send Email
I've always respected Ponzi for their clean, brightly fruited Pinot Noir bottlings. Tavola is typically a solid value, but with this 2014 vintage I feel like it's truly an overachieving effort, especially for under $20! Loads of crisp, red plum and mixed berry fruit flavors are easy to enjoy for those who like their fruit, but precise and just edgy enough for those who (like me) tend to value dry flavors above ebullience in their Oregon Pinot Noir. Great balance and Williamette typicity in this wine. Bright, juicy, smashable and well priced, I can't recommend this highly enough.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2016 | Send Email
Definitely a great Willamette Pinot Noir to get into, especially for under $20. The wine has good fruit and bits of floral notes that are well balanced by the acidity, giving it a great lift and brightness. A touch of spice at the end means the wine finishes well and lingers on the tongue. This is a very tasty offering that is drinking above its price.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2015 | Send Email
Nice new release from Ponzi. Juicy, aromatic Pinot with great purity and lift. Floral tones lead followed by Bramble fruit, raspberry and strawberry leaf. Lots of lifted baking spice notes, bright, fresh acidity. There's a lot to like here.
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Varietal:

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 (%): 13.7