Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 40-31

By on December 29, 2014

40. Ponzi Vineyards 2012 Tavola Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

ponzi-vineyards-tavola-pinot-noir-2012-labelAfter two trying vintages, Pinot Noir producers in the Willamette Valley welcomed the 2012 harvest, and consumers are beginning to enjoy the stunning results. This sustainably farmed, large-scale Pinot Noir from Luisa Ponzi is gorgeous, starting with its graceful nose of Bing cherry, raspberry, watermelon, apricot and dusty oak. The approach to the palate is silky as black cherry, raspberry and watermelon flavors pick up complexity from lingonberry, graphite, violets and late-arriving plum skin tannins. And fortunately, production was bumped up 20 percent from the 2011 edition.

Production: 12,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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