Abetina II Pinot Noir 2016
For decades, Ponzi Abetina Vineyard, which sits on a spectacular east-facing slope born in 1975 as a clonal experiment for Oregon State University, has produced an impressive Pinot noir with unique and complex flavors. So enthralled by the success at Abetina, in 2005 an exact duplicate was planted at Ponzi’s stunning Aurora Vineyard.
The experimental collection of more than 20 Pinot noir clones was planted to the same soil, elevation and aspect, as Abetina. With the added element of youth, the Abetina 2 block at Aurora Vineyard gives this cuvée unparalleled vibrancy and depth.
This single vineyard cuvée is crafted exclusively with Pinot noir from the Abetina 2 block at Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.
Fermentation took place in small lots with 5 days of cold soaking to increase aroma and color. The fermenters were aerated or manually punched down twice a day (for 12-20 days) before undergoing a 7 day post- fermentation maceration to increase structure and length.
This wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new), for 20 months.It was racked and bottled by gravity without filtration or fining and was aged in bottle for five months before its release.
For the last three years the Ponzis have been defining the new normal with early vintages in the Willamette Valley. 2016 jumped out of the gate with bud break a full 3 weeks earlier than usual. Flowering was condensed by a heat spell and an early summer gave us beautiful warm temperatures until August when it heated up. Harvest arrived later that month and was in full swing by early September. All fruit was in the door by the first part of October.
Fruit quality was immaculate with absolutely no disease pressure. Fruit set was small due to the short flowering time. Berry size was also small resulting in lower yields and gorgeously intense fruit.We would liken 2016 to the 2006 vintage where we saw lush, beautiful wines with unexpected elegance and acidity, but in achingly short supply. Truly, a stellar vintage for Oregon.
“Bramble berry, chocolate, basil, rose petal and blackberry mingle with fresh aromatics of sea air and oyster shell. The mouth is generous and full with notes of cassis, creamy dolce de leche, nutmeg, hazelnuts and plum preserves. Balanced acidity and fine tannins bring structure and length to the long finish.” – Winemaker Luisa Ponzi
Sourced from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard
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Wine Enthusiast - “This is a block selection from a 2005 planting at the Aurora Vineyard, designed to replicate the original Abetina vines. It's silky and saturated, and scents of roses and flavors of figs and black cherries abound. Details of nutmeg and mocha contribute further length and interest. It should drink well into the mid-2020s, but it is flat-out delicious already, so no need to wait.”
Vinous Media - "Brilliant red. Fresh cherry and raspberry on the nose, along with building vanilla, root beer and incense notes. Concentrated yet lively, offering appealingly sweet, oak-spiced red fruit and floral pastille flavors that show excellent clarity and a hint of smokiness. Finishes very long and spicy, showing real tension, smooth tannins and resonating florality. This generous but energetic Pinot has a pH of 3.7. (50% new French oak)"
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