2009 Porter Creek "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Intense, spicy aromas of redcurrant, cherry and rhubarb, with a subtle floral topnote. Juicy and precise, in an old school zin mold, offering tangy red fruit and spice flavors that gain sweetness with air. Finishes with very good clarity and spicy cut, leaving a lavender note behind.
Porter Creek is a family-owned and operated winery located alongside Porter Creek, one of the Russian River's major tributaries. To showcase their unique hillside terroir, this father and son team focuses on Rhone and Burgundian varietals, which they farm organically to produce primarily vineyard-designated wines, but they make some killer Zinfandel too. With 10% Carignane blended in, this Zin shows a bright, red-fruited profile, with well-delineated flavors and tight weave of minerals and acidity. Wrapped around a dense core of fruit, this is not saturated or heavy, but a lively, appealing Zin with a certain earthy prettiness that is just might impress the wine geek inside of you. Sourced from mature hillside vines.