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Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Avellana 2010

Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Avellana 750ml 2010      
Sku: 1830194*

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

 Wine Advocate 88 points (Aug 2012)
Representing a first-time bottling (of only some hundred 6-packs), the Ponzi 2010 Chardonnay Avellana suggests freshly-milled grains along with candied lemon rind and apple, displaying what I call the “memory of malic acid” even though chemically speaking it was all converted to lactic. This also betrays the relatively newness of its barrels in a resinous streak. The upshot is harder in feel and in no way as alluring as the corresponding 2009 Reserve (which very small single-vineyard bottlings like this one may now supplant). But there is a sappy sense of refreshing primary juiciness to this Avellana bottling as well as a satisfying, subtly saline and meaty savor that helps knit its elements together in a finish managing to encourage the next sip. It will be interesting to see how this evolves over the next several years.

Wine maker notes
This opulent wine shows a spicy nose of poached pear, vanilla bean, hibiscus and passionfruit leading to a generous mouth lush with yellow plum, guava, lemon and nutmeg. The finish is light with ample acidity to keep this fruit-focused wine fresh and bright.

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