For their first two decades in Oregon, the Ponzi family took a dry approach with its Riesling program. Second-generation winemaker Luisa Ponzi returned to presenting this noble white grape in 2005, and her use of Janice Vineyard (60%) near Carlton and Alloro in the Chehalem Mountains is precise, serious and scintillating. It offers aromas lemon peel, Granny Smith apple and lime zest include a nice herbal note of celery leaf. Inside, it’s hyper-dry with flavors of fresh lemon/lime juice and kumquat that’s capped with a lovely finish of clementine. Riesling geeks who craze those from Australia’s Eden Valley will embrace this, and it screams for oysters on the half shell.
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