2016 Ponzi Willamette Valley Reserve Chardonnay
Honeycomb, quince, candied orange and cardamom lift from this nose along with heady gardenia, white pepper and meyer lemon. The mouth is silky with flavors of verbena shortbread, grapefruit and oyster shell.
James Suckling 93
This is a complex chardonnay with a wealth of ripe peaches and pears, framed in attractive, grilled-cashew and praline nuances. The palate has very composed texture and freshness and delivers a sturdy, concentrated impression with pears, lemons and grilled hazelnuts to close.
Wine Enthusiast 93
With both quality and interest in Oregon Chardonnay at an all-time high, it’s a pleasure to see one of the state’s founding wineries offering its reserve-level effort at a price well below the competition. Supple and sexy, this is buoyed by juicy acids atop tangy flavors of gooseberry, green apple, grapefruit and Meyer lemon. But don’t think it’s sour: those flavors round out into a palate pleasing, lightly toasty finish, with the extra details that native yeasts often provide. Editors’ Choice
Brilliant straw-yellow. Spice- and smoke-accented melon, pear and white peach aromas are complicated by suggestions of orange zest, toasty lees and pungent flowers. Juicy, palate-caressing orchard and pit fruit, candied ginger and sweet butter flavors are underscored by a vein of tangy acidity. Lingers with subtle sweetness and strong tenacity, leaving honeysuckle and pear nectar notes behind.
USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
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