Avellana Chardonnay 2016
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Oregon Chardonnays present an unparalleled combination of bright acidity, texture and freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. The successes at Aurora Vineyard are expressed at this youthful vineyard planted in 2006. The site features a fusion of the right clones and rootstock planted on rich Laurelwood soil. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style Chardonnay as compared to the Aurora single vineyard wine.
The Chardonnay grapes for this single vineyard cuvée were grown on Laurelwood soil at Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Avellana Vineyard located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.
The grapes for this wine were sorted and whole cluster pressed. The juice settled for 12 hours before going directly to barrel for fermentation using 50% new oak. The wine is fermented using primarily wild yeast with very cool temperatures. Malolactic fermentation is 100% completed with wild bacteria. Lees are stirred post ML weekly for 6 months before a fall racking to more neutral oak and bottling in the spring of 2017. This wine is in barrel for a total of 20 months and in bottle for 6 months before 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.
“Pretty pear and floral notes laced with white pepper, nectarine, lemon chiffon, straw and honeycomb define the nose. The palate continues with meringue, salted caramel and wet granite minerality complementing the full and silky mouth laced with bright citrus acidity to finish.” – Winemaker Luisa Ponzi
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Sourced from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Avellana Vineyard
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