Ponzi Vineyards Avellana Chardonnay 2016 (94 VM)

“Light, shimmering gold. A suave, deeply perfumed bouquet displays tangerine, iodine, fresh fig, jasmine and buttered toast qualities, with subtle vanilla and toasty lees notes in the background. Impressively concentrated but lively as well, offering powerful citrus and orchard fruit, anise and floral flavors that take on a smoky nuance with air. Shows real power and mineral drive on the finish, which hangs on with superb tenacity and lingering florality. All whole clusters; 50% new French oak.”

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    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    Oregon Chardonnays present 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. The successes at Aurora Vineyard are expressed at this youthful vineyard planted in 2006. The site features a fusion of the right clones and rootstock planted on rich Laurelwood soil. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style Chardonnay as compared to the Aurora single vineyard wine.

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    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.