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Ponzi Pinot Gris


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Ponzi Pinot Gris: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Ponzi Pinot Gris

This is a Willamette Valley (Oregon) Pinot Gris. The winery, which is well-respected one, states that it is their flagship white wine. It is very widely available at retail prices from $13 up to $25, averaging $17.


Ponzi Pinot Gris: Tasting Impressions

Evaluating this wine was made quite difficult by the very strong and persistent (right through the bottle) odor of sulfur; we don't believe the wine was actually "spoiled", just that an excess of sulfur was used in making it.

The wine seemed to us rather more like a Pinot Grigio than a Pinot Gris (it's the same grape: those terms mainly distinguish the style of the wine), in that the emphasis was on sharp acidity, with little or no of the characteristic "creaminess" of a Pinot Gris.

We hate to differ with eminent critics (though CellarTracker results seem to do so also), but we just couldn't find any there there. Outside of that sharp acid, there wasn't much: no real minerality, no real fruit or floral, just sort of "meh". Maybe the bottle really was "off" after all, but with Willow Crest PG even less expensive (not to mention the only slightly higher Alsatian Trimbach), we doubt we'll ever try this one again.


Ponzi Pinot Gris: Other Opinions

On CellarTracker.

On Wine Searcher's Tasting Notes page.

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