Ponzi Vineyards Abetina II 2016 (95 WE)
“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.”
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.
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.