A gorgeous expression of Pinot Noir from one of Oregon's leading wineries, the family-owned Ponzi Vineyards. Named for the table where the family gathers for meals, the 2005 Tavola is a lush wine loaded with cool, complex fruit. Take a sip, and you can trace an itinerary of sweet spices, blue plums, black cherries and toasted oak. It's a fascinating wine, one of this winery's best efforts and an argument for Oregon's Willamette Valley as Pinot Noir territory.
No need to age this one. Just pop the cork and drink it with that roast chicken or duck, sauteed liver and onions, a roast leg of lamb.