Luisa Ponzi relies on three sites in the Chehalem Mountains — Alloro and family vineyards Aurora and Avellana — as well as Thistle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills for this reserve production of Chardonnay. Her barrel program for this is 25 percent new French oak on the lees for six months, then 12 months in neutral oak and bottle aging for three months. The nose is remarkable with bright lemony notes and hints of pear, Granny Smith apple, starfruit, toasted almond, brioche and lemon pepper. Those fruity notes echo on the palate with brilliant acidity, cast among a midpalate of starfruit and lemon oil as the apple and pear flavors pulse through to the finish.
Production: 800 cases