Ponzi Vineyards Avellana Chardonnay 2017 (93 VM)
“Translucent yellow-gold. Powerful pear nectar and Meyer lemon aromas are complemented by suggestions of vanilla, buttered toast and smoky minerals. Silky in texture and nicely concentrated, offering palate-coating citrus and orchard fruit flavors and deeper melon and nectarine qualities. Lingers with strong tenacity on the finish, which leaves building honey and pear nectar notes behind. 45% new French oak.”
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.
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.