Willamette Valley, Oregon
This very rare and special Italian varietal is traditionally planted in the Northern Piedmonte region of Italy. During one of the many trips to visit the Currado family of Vietti Winery, the Ponzi family was surprised by the wine’s delightful flavors and lovely balance. Continuing their dedication to innovation in the vineyard and cellar, they returned to their winery and immediately planted cuttings of Arneis in 1991. Ponzi Vineyards is one of very few U.S. producers of this varietal.
The 2015 Arneis is produced exclusively from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard.
The Arneis grapes were whole cluster pressed, allowing the juice to settle for 24 hours before moving to stainless steel. Fermentation took place at very low temperatures. The wine did not undergo malolatic in order to retain freshness. Before bottling, the wine was lightly filtered before bottling.
A truly gorgeous year for the Willamette Valley. Ponzi’s earliest vintage since 1992, the season was marked by a warm and mild winter, early bud break at the end of March and exceptional conditions throughout bloom, flower and fruit set. The summer was dry and warm encouraging early picks of white varietals and rosé sites to retain fresh acidity. September was cool, allowing the pristine fruit to be picked at perfect ripeness with slightly higher yields than normal.
“The intriguing aromatics of this wine have notes of gardenia, lemon verbena, white nectarine, roasted hazelnut and green pea shoot. The equally exciting palate shows a focused acidity tinged with lime zest and minerality transitioning to a textured and fruit laden finish.” – Winemaker Luisa Ponzi
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Fruit for this wine is produced exclusively from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard.
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