I’m a long time Ponzi fan and even though I’m back in the PNW, I’m not seeing them in store as much as I used to in Portland. When I lived closer to the Oregon wine country there was a little more proliferation and I was a member of the wine club. My husband and I both love their wines, so with him only in town for a few days, I picked up Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris as it’s one of my husband’s favorite white wines. This was $13 at Trader Joes, which is actually quite a steal as this normally goes for about $20.
The Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris is a good example of Pinot Gris, coming from a sustainable vineyard and stainless steel fermentation. 2014 was a good year for Oregon, especially for white wines of this type. The ABV is 13.1%. I chilled the wine to just around 45 degrees. I used stemless white wine glasses for tasting. It’s been cool here but if it’s warmed up in your area and you aren’t blasting AC, you need a Corkcicle or an ice bucket. The wine let off a tremendous amount of aroma when opened of stone fruit and citrus. The wine was a very pale lemon shade when poured.
Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris is an aroma monster, you can pick up multiple citrus notes, stone fruit, minerals, white florals, as well as hints of tropical fruits or more exotic fruits like passion fruit, quince, and lychee. Honestly, the nose is so crazy, you aren’t sure what you are smelling 100% of the time. If you swirl it and take a whiff or let it sit and smell it’s almost like two different wines. The flavor is much the same. You have all the character from the nose with a hefty dose of lime and orange blossom. The finish is lengthy with minerals, honeycomb, vanilla and passionfruit. The acidity is mouthwatering but perfectly fine on its own. The warmer the wine is the more stone fruit comes across. There is also a creamy texture balancing the acidity for a very pleasant drinking experience.
Needless to say, I’m pretty enamoured with Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris as was my husband. He said “low 90’s for sure” and I totally agree with him. It’s well put together with spectacular aromatics and will fit a wide range of cuisine. Heck, I liked it even when it was room temperature! I give the Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris a 92 point score and will be bought in multiples on my next shopping trip because $13 is a steal for this vintage.
Have you tried Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris? If not, drive to TJ’s and pick up a bottle!