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Top Wines of 2018

November 2, 2018

The Pinot Guy, Michael Alberty, contributed his best bottles of the year to Sunset magazines annual roundup, including the 2015 Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir. “If I could only take one grape with me to a desert island, Pinot would be it,” the Oregon native says. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that he recommended Ponzi’s showstopper Pinot Noir. Of the wine, he explains it is “A full-bodied expression of Ponzi’s oldest vines: dark red fruit, anise, and pie crust.” You can read all of the recommendations from a handful of top wine writers in the magazine’s best of list here.

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    Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2015

    Willamette Valley

    The Pinot Noir Reserve comes primarily from estate grown fruit on Laurelwood soil in the Chehalem Mountains, including from some of Oregon’s oldest vines. It is hand crafted on a boutique scale, with tremendous attention to detail. An intense wine, it has an explosive nose of sassafras, coffee, sweet plum and spice box; a full and seamless palate with baker's chocolate, blueberry, lavender and tea; and a long and balanced finish. I

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    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.