Appellation: Willamette Valley
Second-generation winemaker Luisa Ponzi could go make this a vineyard-designate wine as she has devoted her estate Aurora Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains to this wine. Outside of British Columbia, there’s not a lot of love in the Pacific Northwest for this variety from Burgundy, but this is a tremendous, no-oak example. Aromas of lemon custard, Asian pear and Thompson Seedless lead to flavors of juicy nectarine, starfruit and Gala apple with crisp acidity (pH 3.18) to balance the residual sugar (0.6 percent). It’s topped by a screwcap, which makes it easy to open and drink all day long. Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (13.2 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 650
Food pairings: This is perfect with shellfish, including Dungeness crab. Or try it with baked chicken.
Ponzi Vineyards, 19500 S.W. Mountain Home Road, Sherwood, Ore., 503-628-1227, www.ponziwines.com.