Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $20

By on July 14, 2015

ponzi-vineyards-pinot-noir-rose-nv-bottleHere’s another great example of replicating a winning formula as Luisa Ponzi continues to sacrifice a bit of juice from lots of her top-shelf Pinot Noir and melds that saignée with cooler vineyards such as Dion and Merten for another stunning example of Willamette Valley rosé. Dusty strawberry, Chelan cherry and raspberry aromas include a spoonful of Ambrosia Salad filling. Rainier cherry and plum flavors splash in a mouth feel that’s more full than most rosés, and that’s backed by raspberry acidity and finished with another bite of tree-picked plum and navel orange pulp. And fortunately, the nice yields of the 2014 vintage allowed the Ponzis to double production from their award-winning 2013 edition of Pinot Noir rosé — and maintain the price point.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,500 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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  1. […] For the third straight vintage – each of them warmer than the next – Luisa Ponzi merits our top rating for her rosé from Pinot Noir, a blend of Dion, Merten and estate plantings nearly five decades old. It carries a gorgeous light cherry hue and hints at cherries, peach and Ambrosia Salad. The flavor profile is bright, bone-dry, fruity and juicy, starting with white strawberry and Rainier cherry transitioning to red currant and cranberry skin. The family released this in February with a slight price bump as more consumers are demanding beautiful Northwest rosés such as this. […]

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