2011 Porter Creek "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1133279 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Fresh cherry and dark berries on the highly perfumed nose. Offers sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a hint of floral pastilles, with a zesty mineral quality adding lift and focus. Closes spicy and long, with silky tannins coming up slowly. Accessible now but this elegant zin has the balance to age.  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

In contrast to the typical fruit bombs found today, this is a classic example of Sonoma County Zinfandel. Produced from hillside grown vines, the wine is packed with aromatics yet it is elegant, charming and fresh in Davis’s signature style. The Pinot lovers’ Zin! Aromatically, it has the explosive cherries and berries jam and on the palate it is rich and 90% Zinfandel, 10% Carignane, aged 11 months in French Oak, 25% New, 500 cases produced.

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2013 | Send Email
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Porter creek has crafted a winner from an otherwise incredibly difficult vintage. Soft red fruits and plum edges are complimented by a classic zin spicy finish. This is one of the better 2011 zins I have tried so far.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9