Madrona Pinot Noir 2016
With its first bottling in 2016, Ponzi Vineyard’s remarkable Pinot noir from Madrona Vineyard showcases the consistently stunning fruit from these 30-year-old vine. It reveals a true sense of place in the bottle. The vineyard was named for the madrone trees which surround the 10-acre site and is own rooted Pommard clone. This stunning expression of the Willamette Valley is handcrafted with tremendous attention to detail.
This single vineyard cuvée is crafted exclusively with Pinot noir from LIVE Certified Sustainable Madrona Vineyard.
50% of the fruit was hand sorted and destemmed and 50% was whole cluster. Fermented in small lots with 5 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 5 months before its release.
For the last three years the Ponzis have been defining the new normal with early vintages in the Willamette Valley. 2016 jumped out of the gate with bud break a full 3 weeks earlier than usual. Flowering was condensed by a heat spell and an early summer gave us beautiful warm temperatures until August when it heated up. Harvest arrived later that month and was in full swing by early September. All fruit was in the door by the first part of October.
Fruit quality was immaculate with absolutely no disease pressure. Fruit set was small due to the short flowering time. Berry size was also small resulting in lower yields and gorgeously intense fruit.We would liken 2016 to the 2006 vintage where we saw lush, beautiful wines with unexpected elegance and acidity, but in achingly short supply. Truly, a stellar vintage for Oregon.
“Striking nose of warm spice; cardamom, star anise, clove, cinnamon stick and vanilla laced with savory notes of coriander, rosemary and fir needle. The mouth follows with molasses and gingersnap, spice cake and cola. The juicy acidity, salinity and chalky tannins keep the palate fresh and the finish long with a lingering spiciness.” – Winemaker Luisa Ponzi
Sourced from Ponzi’s LIVE Certified Sustainable Madrona Vineyard grown on Laurelwood soil
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Vinous Media - "Deep brilliant red. An exotically perfumed nose evokes ripe red and blue fruits, Moroccan spices, incense and vanilla, and a smoky mineral flourish adds energetic lift. Palate-staining, appealingly sweet raspberry, boysenberry and rose pastille flavors convey a suave blend of richness and energy thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Smooth, well-knit tannins support a strikingly long, smoke-tinged finish that leaves suggestions of star anise, cola and candied flowers behind. (50% whole clusters and 50% new French oak)"
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