Wine Review: 2011 Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

Wine Review: 2011 Ponzi Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon

The Ponzi Pinot Gris has attractive notes of apple in the nose with mouthwatering flavors of pear, lime, peach and mineral, leading to nice acidity that carries through to the finish. This wine has a touch of residual sugar (5.7g/L) that offers a pretty little palate dance when paired with crab cakes. It makes for a great pairing! 14,300 case production. Drink now.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $17 | 13.0% ABV


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Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Desiree September 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM - Reply

    Thanks for the recommendation on this wine. You can become a wine influencer on, all you have to do is upload recommendations.

    • enobytes September 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM - Reply

      Thanks for the kudos, and I appreciate the offer Desiree…

  2. Crab Cakes | Enobytes September 7, 2012 at 7:00 AM - Reply

    […] note, don’t forget about the wine! We pulled two bottles from the cellar and chilled them—a 2011 Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinto Gris and a 2011 Russian River Pinot Grigio from D&L Carinalli […]

  3. Kinetico September 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM - Reply

    Sounds delicious, we’re always willing to try new wines

    • enobytes September 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM - Reply

      It is! Give it a try. We were quite fond of it especially when paired with seafood.

  4. Wes September 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    You know me, I am in with anything that is mouthwatering. I found it online and have a plan to serve it up with your crab cake recipe next weekend. Salute!

    • enobytes September 8, 2012 at 8:06 PM - Reply

      Now that sounds like a plan!

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