Ponzi Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Smooth and silky, this lovely reserve is loaded with ripe plum and cherry fruit. Barrel aging (20 months in 30% new French oak) brings cedar, nutmeg and chocolate notes. There's a pinch of pepper also, as it winds gracefully through a long finish.
Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve has slowly blossoming scents of cured meats, pink peppercorn, warm earth and dried herbs and flowers with red currant, cranberry and blackberry fruit and a streak of sweet spices. The medium-bodied palate is uber silky and granular with juicy freshness and a long finish. This is approachable now but will benefit from another couple of years in bottle. This was aged 20 months in 30% new French oak.
Polished and structured, featuring vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors, accented by orange peel and savory spice notes that build richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 1,442 cases made.
The smaller production 2016 Pinot Noir offers a concentrated, powerful style as well as ample black cherry and mulled plum fruits intermixed with plenty of scorched earth, graphite, Asian spices, and background oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated, it's going to benefit from a year of two in bottle and should keep through 2028.