Ponzi Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

May 13, 2017 

Appellation: Willamette Valley

Some of Oregon’s oldest vines — the Ponzi Estate Vineyard planted along the Chehalem Mountains northern foothills in 1970 — and high-elevation sites Dion and Merten come together for Luisa Ponzi’s graceful and bright rosé from Pinot Noir. A 24-hour maceration yielded the light cranberry color, which leads to enticing aromas of fresh-picked strawberry, cherry juice and peaches with cream. On the palate, it’s akin to cranberry sauce, blood orange and raspberries while essentially absent of residual sugar (0.3%).

Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (13.2% alc.)

Price: $22

Cases produced: 1,000

Food pairings: This second-generation winemaker produces this in the style of a Sancerre, among the most food-friendly rosés, so enjoy with fish and chips, spot prawns or oysters.

Ponzi Vineyards, 19500 S.W. Mountain Home Road, Sherwood, Ore., 503-628-1227, www.ponziwines.com.

-- Great Northwest Wine

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