2014 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley
This fruit forward wine is packed with black cherry, cedar, cigar box, anise and cream cola; leading to a mouth of chicory and caraway, spiced plum and toasted almond. The graphite tinged tannins linger to a long finish.
96 Points Wine Enthusiast
This spent 20 months in 30% new French oak, and incorporates fruit from Ponzi's Aurora, Abetina and Madrona vineyards, among others. Aromatic, dense and toasty, it deftly blends aromas and flavors of toast, cigar box, blackberry, black cherry, coffee and graphite. Tannins are polished to a fine sheen, and frame a finish loaded with dark chocolate and espresso. Drink now through 2032.
94 Points Tasting Panel
Blackberry, sweet black beans and sage seem to be born out of the earth on the nose of this unique red. It’s a distinguished palate that follows, juicy and elegant, flowering with dark chocolate, rooibos tea, mocha-dusted black raspberry and a toffee-cedar finish. The fruit is a blend of LIVE Certified Sustainable fruit from Ponzi’s oldest and most prized sites.
94Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve presents complex black fruit and earth notes of black raspberries, plums, charcoal, dusty earth and moss-covered logs with hints of chocolate box, meat and Marmite toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a wonderful concentration of gregarious red and black fruits with loads of earthy layers and a velvety texture, finishing long and harmonious.
91 Points Wine Spectator
Focused and well-built, with savory raspberry and floral tea aromas and layered plum, smoky cinnamon and clove flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2024.