Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Tale of Two Ponzi’s

2007 Ponzi Dolcetto Willamette Valley
2008 Ponzi Arneis Willamette Valley

I have one very guilty pleasure, my membership to Ponzi Vineyards wine club. My husband and I discovered Ponzi while on our honeymoon and our visit to Oregon’s Willamette Valley wineries. Since our summer shipment was held over due to the heat and will be sent with the fall offerings, it’s time to make some more space.

2007 Ponzi Dolcetto
Spicy black pepper, plum and a hint of lilac aromas. Baking spices, dark chocolate and juicy blueberries combine with nice bold tannins. Finish is moderate with a hint of bitter dark chocolate. Complex wine, lots going on and each sip unearths something new. We paired with thick cut bacon and eggs a top a round of crusty bread. The 2007 is sold out but the 2008 is available for $25 through the Ponzi website.

2008 Ponzi Arneis
Herbal green hay aromas float out of the bowl. Flavors are similar to sparkling wine just minus the bubbles. Crisp and light flavors of peach and pear with moderate residual sugars. This one paired superbly with pâté and spicy grainy mustard on a baguette. Looks like both 2008 & 2009 are sold out.

Founded in 1970 in Oregon's Willamette Valley by Dick and Nancy Ponzi, the vineyards have led the way for Oregon’s viticultural revolution while staying course in their commitment to traditional winemaking. Second generation, winemaker Luisa Ponzi now carries on that tradition using classic Burgundy methods.

The winery is still family owned and contracts with growers matching the varietal to the terroir and climate. The valley affords a moderate climate and provides ideal sites for the culture and cultivation of cool climate wine varietals.

Stay tuned for more on Ponzi Vineyards as I make room for the next two shipments to arrive.

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