Luisa Ponzi and her family have been researching block-focused blends of Pinot Noir clones in the Willamette Valley for more than 40 years. It began with their 22-clone research project in 1975 for Oregon State University within their Abetina Vineyard in the northern reaches of the Chehalem Mountains. The appealing results prompted a similar 2-acre project in their Aurora Vineyard in the heart of the Chehalem Mountains’ northern slope. Hence, they dubbed it the Abetina 2 Block, and this bottling is a product of the buzz-worthy 2016 vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir. Aromas of dusty black cherry, blueberry and moist earth included light toast from the barrel program of 50% new French oak. Inside, its richness and elegant structure make the drink easy to get in to. Dark blue fruit and baking spices such as clove and anise make for a complex drink capped by a bite of black cherry and strawberry in the finish. It’s one of the most remarkable wines our panel has experienced in 2019.
Production: 200 cases
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