This gift giving season is here and FORTUNE magazine has selected Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve and Ornellaia Poggio Alle Gazze as two of only four wines recommended in the white wine category of its online gift guide for wine lovers. Within the story, writer Rachel King urges readers not to overlook Chardonnay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which has become one of the country’s top regions for Pinot Noir. She commends the 2014 Chardonnay Reserve from Ponzi Vineyards, which is owned by second generation sisters Maria and Winemaker Luisa Ponzi. “Developed based on Luisa’s experience while honing her skills in Burgundy, France, the 2014 Chardonnay Reserve offers a nose of orange zest, jasmine, figs, flan, quince, and maple with a flavor palate touting white chocolate, flan, and a vein of acidity. She continues to praise Ornellaia’s 2016 Poggio Alle Gazze, crediting the white peach flavor and zesty style of the Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Vermentino blend to “the Italian estate’s coastal microclimate.” You can read the full story and see other recommendations here
The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.
Toscana Bianco IGT
Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia is one of Italy's most innovative and progressive white wines, providing an altogether different experience of the Ornellaia estate and its Mediterranean influences.
Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dick and Nancy Ponzi helped put Oregon on the map in the United States and the world. The mantle has been picked up by daughters Maria and Luisa Ponzi, who continue the family history of leadership and innovation in the region and, in the case of Pinot Noir, across the country.
Ornellaia has established itself as one of the most iconic producers in Italy (and beyond). The estate is dedicated to producing charming and opulent wines, full of Mediterranean character and finesse, reflecting the estate's unique terroir in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast.