Cherries and some cola and caramel show up on the nose, along with a little more burn than you would expect from the 13.7% alcohol reported on the label. On the palate the wood speaks loudest, in vanilla and caramel, followed by dark cherry and Dr. Pepper. A bit of allspice and white pepper appear on the palate, but none of it breaks through the wood. Drink with baked chicken, the dark meat if possible. No recommendation.

WHO: Ponzi Vineyards
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Oregon, Willamette Valley
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $25 (media sample)

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7 Responses

  1. Steve Shaffer

    I’m sorry but that doesn’t sound at all like Pinot more like Sangiovese. Where’s the cherries, pink eraser ,cedar, and graphite?

  2. Emily C

    I am not sure if my last comment took or not so I am going to write another one just in case. This wine was a great choice for me and I am glad you recommended it. I am new to wind drinking and this wine helped me taste what I was supposed to be tasting. I wrote about it in my blog as well

    Thank you for the idea, I am new to wine and this made me feel like I could really smell and taste every aspect of this wine.

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