Ponzi Vineyards

Avellana Pinot Noir 2017

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Avellana is a “younger” vineyard planted in 2006. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi’s goal is to allow the wines to express these characteristics each vintage through single vineyard expressions. Avellana yields a richer, weightier style of Pinot Noir as compared to the Aurora single vineyard wine.

Vineyard

This Pinot noir is crafted exclusively with fruit from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard.

Winemaking

All of the fruit was hand sorted and destemmed. 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 3.69.

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

This intense nose of violet, dried rose petal and
blackberry explodes from the glass with complex
aromatics of smoked paprika, sage, ancho chile and
cassis. The mouth is juicy and generous tinged with
roasted hazelnuts, porcini and spiced plum and a
granite minerality running throughout.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir

Appellation

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Farming

Sourced from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Avellana Vineyard

Alcohol

14%

Suggested Retail Price

$105

Reviews

"Good freshness"

Wine Advocate - "The 2017 Pinot Noir Avellana Vineyard, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, has a medium ruby color and aromas of blackberries and red berries with notes of blood orange peel, underbrush and cured meats. Medium-bodied, the palate has dense, concentrated fruits with a grainy frame and good freshness, finishing long and über spicy." 

"Refinement and structure"

Wine Spectator - "Shows refinement and structure, with sleek raspberry and green tea flavors that take on lively tannins and acidity toward fine-grained tannins."

"Very smooth, silky feel"

James Suckling - "This has a very rich, fresh array of ripe dark cherries and a rose-hip and brown-tea edge. The palate has a very smooth, silky feel with layered tannins that deliver flavors of red-cherry pastry and long, fluid, pure cherries."

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