2010 Porter Creek Mendocino County "Old Vine" Carignane

SKU #1109323 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Powerful raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by floral and peppery spice notes. Lush and seamless in texture, showing an array of red berry preserve flavors. Emphatically sweet on the long, spicy finish.  (5/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Carignane was a very popular grape at one time in Mendocino County, as evidenced by the many acres of old vines that have not only survived the past century, but are still producing like gangbusters. Well, this particular vineyard produces a more-modest-than-modest one ton per acre, and it therefor shows an exceptional "depth of character" compared to some of the other lovely and spicy and fruity, to be sure, but better-producing, vineyards of the area. The folks at Porter Creek themselves are located at a bend in the road in the Russian River Valley. Their tasting room, a mere shack, is an unpretentious yet unforgettable as their wines.

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Varietal:

Carignane

- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.
Country:

United States

- 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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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

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.
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