Aurora Pinot Noir 2017
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Aurora means sunrise and represents an unparalleled combination of bright acidity, texture and freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. Aurora yields an elegant wine with bright acidity and fruit.
This Pinot noir is crafted exclusively with fruit from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard.
All of the fruit was hand sorted and de-stemmed. Fermented in small lots with five days of cold soak to increase aroma and color, the peak temperatures reached 90 degrees. The fermenters were aerated or manually punched down twice a day (for 12-20 days) before undergoing a 7 day post-fermentation maceration to increase structure and length. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new), for 20 months. It was racked and bottled by gravity without filtration or fining and was aged in bottle for five months before its release. Alcohol is 14%. Finished pH is 3.65.
The 2017 vintage was a welcome throwback to more classic vintage years after the previous five warm years. The winter was unusually cold and snowy. That extended into a cool spring, delaying bud break by a few weeks into April and bloom following suit in late June. The summer came dry and warm, for the most part, though we saw plenty of grey skies due to smoke from fires in the north and east. Fortunately, the Willamette Valley was spared any effect from the smoke and may have even benefited from some protection from sunburn in the hottest part of the summer. Set was very large, so judicious fruit thinning was required to maintain quality and control volume. Harvest began in late September and long mild days ensued. Cool nights kept acids brilliant and bits of rain here and there ensured beautiful conditions for ripe, clean fruit with mature skin and seed tannin. Reminiscent of recent vintages–2010 and 2011- this vintage will be one to enjoy immediately and for the long term.
This exotic nose of Mexican spiced chocolate, roasted coffee, smoked meat and Cherrywood lead to a blue fruited mouth reminiscent of cola, amareno cherries with a touch of the salinity of squid ink. This elegant and complex wine maintains a tension and thread of acidity throughout finishing long with brambly, ripe tannins.
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Sourced from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard
Suggested Retail Price
Vinous Media -
"Limpid ruby-red. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, cola and candied rose, and a smoky flourish builds in the glass. Freshly, spice-tinged raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors show impressive depth as well as energy and turn sweeter with air. Finished juicy, supple and impressively long, with lingering spiciness and pliant tannins that fold smoothly into the wine's lush fruit. 50% new French oak."
Wine Advocate - "The 2017 Pinot Noir Aurora Vineyard, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, has a pale ruby color and scents of dried leaves, tobacco, graphite and charcuterie over a core of ripe red and black berries. Medium-bodied with a silky texture, it has concentrated, earthy fruits, a grainy frame and seamless freshness, with a classy framing of new-oak spice and long finish."
James Suckling - "Attractive aromas of ripe red cherries and berries with violets and a subtly earthy edge, as well as forest-floor and leafy, undergrowth notes. The palate has a very seamless build of silky, lacy tannin and crafts a seamless, long, red-cherry impression that holds elegant, long and fine."
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