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The Best Pinot Noirs Willamette Valley Has to Offer

July 17, 2020

Forbes Magazine highlights Ponzi Vineyards as one of the top Pinot Noir producers of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Contributor Michelle Williams spent the past year researching the valley’s top producers to uncover the bottles that best showcase the fruit of their labor and the unique terroir.

From the Chehalem Mountains AVA, a hillslide composed of basaltic, ocean sediment and loess soils that produces more textural and voluptuous wines, Williams recommends the 2017 Ponzi Aurora Vineyard Pinot Noir. The wine receives high praise “dazzles with wild bramble berries, black licorice, cherry cola, dusty cocoa, brown-sugar peppered bacon, rich, bold, layers of tension, structure, silky mouth-feel, long acid-driven finish.” In the future, this wine will be part of the newly established Laurelwood AVA.

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Related Producers

    Ponzi Vineyards

    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.