Ponzi Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35
Here’s a shining example of how prevalent the certified sustainable movement is within the Oregon wine industry. Luisa Ponzi harvested four LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) estate sites — Abetina, Aurora, Avellana and Madrona — as well as 12 other vineyards, each certified. Her largest production wine carries aromas of raspberry, spiced plum, cherry pipe tobacco, violet and lime peel. It’s loaded with flavors of dark cherry juice, black currant and cola, while mild tannins make it quite smooth through to the lengthy finish of president plum, pomegranate and saddle leather.
Production: 7,840 cases