Ponzi Vineyards Tavola Pinot Noir 2017
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Deep red. Ripe, mineral-tinged red berry and cherry scents, along with a hint of succulent herbs and building spiciness. Smooth and open-knit, showing very good depth to the bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors, which take on a smoky quality with aeration. Shows the forward character of the vintage and finishes long and supple, with repeating spiciness and gentle, even tannins. (20% new French oak)
Following a bit of a difficult vintage, the latest vintage of Ponzi's popular Tavola bottling seems a bit stiff and chewy. The wild berry fruit is somewhat hidden in flavors of bark and herb, and it takes a fair amount of aeration to open up the aromatics, revealing light hints of cedar, cinnamon and baking spices. Decanting is recommended.