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By on February 26, 2018

Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay Reserve, Willamette Valley, $40

Luisa Ponzi will be among the second-generation winemakers selected to pour at the 2018 Oregon Chardonnay Celebration, and her 2014 reserve Chardonnay represents a selection of four renowned sites in the North Willamette Valley — Avellana and Aurora in the Chehalem Mountains, Sunset View Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills and organically farmed Thistle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Here’s a classic Chardonnay nose with butter and toasted filberts leading into dusty Asian pear and sugar cane. Complexity is created as beaming acidity, combined with the 18-month barrel program of less than 10% new French oak, preserves flavors of starfruit, clementine and Granny Smith apple.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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