Ponzi Vineyards Avellana Pinot Noir 2017
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Vinous 94 points - Saturated scarlet. Powerful cherry, black raspberry and cola scents are accompanied by smoky mineral and floral nuances that build as the wine opens up. Impressively concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering cherry-vanilla, dark berry and spicecake flavors that tighten up steadily and become sweeter on the back half. Smoothly plays power off elegance and finishes impressively long and juicy, with fine-grained tannins arriving late. 50% new French oak
Wine Advocate 91 points - 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 uber spicy. This could use another couple of years in bottle. 180 cases produced.