Santé, a magazine dedicated to all things food, wine and spirits, spotlights Ponzi Vineyards for their 50th anniversary in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 1970 Dick and Nancy Ponzi purchases 20 acres southwest of Portland; now, for over 25 years their daughters, President and Director of Sales and Marketing, Anna Maria and Winemaker and Co-Owner Luisa, have continued their parents legacy and methods. Today, Ponzi has grown to over 140 acres of family-owned vineyards, which are LIVE Certified Sustainable (Low Input Viticulture & Enology).
The post includes a wine review of the Ponzi Pinot Noir Reserve 2016, which receives excellent praise for its ” silky and beautifully structured with concentrated layers of red cherry, pomegranate, red plum, refined tannins.”
To learn more about the fascinating history of the Willamette Valley and Ponzi Vineyards, read the full article HERE.SanteMagazine_6.25.20-2-1
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
Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dick and Nancy Ponzi helped put Oregon on the wine map, and the Ponzi family has worked continuously for over 50 years leading and innovating in the region and, in the case of Pinot Noir, across the country and indeed the world. Today winemaker Luisa Ponzi continues her work with the family of Champagne Bollinger, which acquired the estate in 2021.