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Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Aurora 2010

Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Aurora 750ml 2010      
Sku: 1816260*

Founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi, Ponzi Vineyards has set the standard for viticultural innovation and winemaking excellence in Oregon. From the start, the family has practiced sustainable agriculture and its four estate vineyards – Abetina, Madrona, Aurora and Avellana are LIVE Certified Sustainable. In 1988, Robert Parker named Dick Ponzi as one of the finest winemakers in the world; only three other Americans have been so recognized. In 1994 Dick’s daughter Luisa took over primary winemaking responsibilities. Luisa apprenticed with Christophe Roumier of Domaine Roumier in Burgundy, France as well as with Luca Currado of Vietti in Piedmont, Italy. “There is a reputation behind our label that I want people to know they can count on.” ~ Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Rating
 Wine Advocate 90 points (Aug 2012)
Like its Avellana counterpart, a first-time, limited bottling, the Ponzi 2010 Chardonnay Aurora displays a lovely nose of heliotrope, iris, honeysuckle, acacia, and candied lime. Here is some textural refinement and allure, yet at the same time more citricity than found in its immediate sibling. An invigorating white pepper bite ? when taken together with this wine?s lushness of texture and strongly floral orientation ? puts me very much in mind of Roussanne. The counterpoint of underlying richness with vivacious textural impingement and citricity is both fascinating and delightful, and this is certainly a wine to watch over the next several years if not also beyond.

Wine maker notes
This gorgeous expression of older vine Oregon Chardonnay fruit is all about finesse and elegance. The nose is honeysuckle blossom, kafir lime and a hint of crème brûlée. The mouth shows a silky rich mid-palate of Asian pear, quince and vanilla finishing with a burst of bright minerality.

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Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: Willamette Valley
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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