Ponzi Vineyards

Aurora Chardonnay 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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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.  Aurora yields an elegant wine with bright acidity and fruit.

 

VINEYARD

The Chardonnay grapes for this single vineyard cuvée were grown on Laurelwood soil at Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. These vines were planted in 1990.

WINEMAKING

The grapes for this wine were sorted and whole cluster pressed. The juice settled for 12 hours before going to barrel for fermentation. Using 45% new French oak lightly toasted puncheons and cool temperatures the fermentation was completed with, primarily, wild yeasts. Malolactic fermentation is 100% complete using native bacteria. Lees are stirred weekly for 6 months before a fall racking to neutral oak and bottled in the spring of 2016. Aged in barrel for a total of 20 months and in bottle for 4 months before release.

VINTAGE

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.

TASTING NOTE

“Floral notes of magnolia, jasmine and white hibiscus precede aromas of ginger, fennel, honeydew melon and caramel. On the palate this wine holds bright minerality laced with salty almond and marzipan flavors. The acidity is laced throughout framing the silky and long finish.”

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay

Appellation

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Farming

Sourced from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard

Alcohol

13.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$65

Reviews

"Juicy and seamless"

Vinous Media -

"Limpid yellow. Pungent aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, honeysuckle, vanilla and candied ginger, with subtle lees and smoky mineral qualities in the background. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering fresh tangerine, Anjou pear and chamomile flavors braced by a core of tangy acidity. The silky, penetrating and persistent finish features lively citrus fruit character and lingering florality. 45% new oak."

"So lovely"

Wine Advocate -

"The 2017 Chardonnay Aurora Vineyard was fermented in 45% new French oak and aged 20 months in neutral oak. It offers aromas of spring honey, cut hay, spiced apples and white peaches with a nutty undercurrent. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a silky texture, its concentrated flavors lifted by tangy acidity and finishing very long and layered. So lovely!"

"Rich, layered, and fresh"

James Suckling - "Spiced lemon-biscuit aromas with a fresh-peach thread, which, together with pastry and hazelnut notes, make for a complex nose. The palate has a very rich, layered and fresh feel with such intense, powerfully contained fruit. Loaded with peach flavors. Great composure and a toasty, grilled-hazelnut finish." 

Wine Enthusiast - Full Review To Be Posted in April 2020

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