Like their Pinot Blanc, bringing together fruit from their family’s Chehalem Mountains Aurora Vineyard with a bit from Thistle west of Dundee, the Ponzis’ 2011 Chardonnay Reserve (there was no corresponding 2010) displays ripe white peach, pear, pineapple and lime wreathed in honeysuckle, its palate at once creamy and brightly refreshing; but, what’s more, possessed of saline, crustacean, and chicken stock savor that honestly put me in mind of Chablis, and that make for a mouthwatering finish, effortlessly integrating the hints of vanilla and caramelized resin from barrel, as well as yet more alluring almond and peach kernel. This superb value is likely to be worth following through at least 2017 and I would not be at all surprised to witness it both gaining allure along the way and then surpassing that projection.
"Our Chardonnay Reserve blends new Dijon Clones and old Chardonnay vines presenting a wine with lovely structure and depth. With aromas of apple, pineapple, roasted nuts, this wine is medium bodied with mineral characteristics and a bright finish, creating a elegant style." -Luisa Ponzi