Dick and Nancy Ponzi moved their young family to the Willamette Valley in the late 1960s with a spirit of adventure and a passion for making world class Pinot Noir. After many research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for the ideal location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland, Oregon. It was a daring risk — at the time, the Pacific Northwest was not thought to be a place to grow Pinot Noir, but Dick and Nancy realized the Northern Willamette Valley's climate was ideal for cool climate varieties. Pinot Noir cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded.
The methods, philosophies and winemaking passion established more than 40 years ago are still practiced today under the family's second generation.
International Wine Cellar
July 201091 Bright red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, pungent herbs and fresh rose, with a subtle note of allspice coming up with air. Juicy and open-knit on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, offering sweet dark berry and cherry-cola flavors, with a dusting of tannins adding shape. Nicely ripe pinot with a suave finishing sweetness and very good length. This will be approachable early. There are 5,350 cases of this to go around.