2011 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir Review


Among the many things I find fascinating about wine are the stories that can accompany a particular vintage. How the weather of a particular year affects the grapes as they mature from bud break to harvest can sometimes play out like a Hollywood movie. They just need the late Don LaFontaine to lead it in with a memorable “In a world…” to complete the high stakes drama that can be a farmer’s livelihood. The 2011 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir is just such a read. A late May bud break, cooler summer temperatures, and a wetter than normal September left the grapes on the brink. . . . But, as hope was being lost, a hero would emerge in the form of the October sun. Sparked by the warmth of the fire in the sky, the grapes would ripen and thrive through the end of a November harvest.

Now with all that build up, how will the wine taste? Will it be a summer block-buster or is it more of a direct to DVD showing? Let’s find out.

Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir Tasting Notes

Color: Ruby and thin in color as expected with Pinot Noir. No glass staining whatsoever.

Nose: Definitely a new-world styled wine. Dark cherries and cedar are most prominent with notes of forest floor and Earth as secondary aromas.

Palate: Cranberries, strawberries, dark cherries and Earth lead the way with this wine. More subtle notes of oak and forest floor show up on the finish. There is a good balance to this wine with no one component overshadowing another. Pair this with hamburgers, ham, pork chops, etc.

Bottom Line: The Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir is a solid Willamette Valley Pinot that combines both the old and new world characteristics. This one will be enjoyed across a wide range of palates making it a good option for dinner parties.

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