2011 Porter Creek Mendocino County Old Vine Carignane

SKU #1140055 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright violet color. An intense bouquet displays cherry, red berry preserves, potpourri and pungent herbs. Juicy, focused and spicy, offering tangy cherry and raspberry flavors and a touch of smokiness. A bitter cherry note lingers on the sappy, refreshingly brisk finish, with dusty tannins adding grip. Lots of fruit here, and no jamminess.  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Grown for generations in rural Mendocino County as a blender for Zinfandel, the world-wide popular Carignane (in the dusty backroads of Mendo, relax, you can voice the "g") is increasingly being made into an elegant stand-alone varietal. From Porter Creek: "The depth of character that comes from these very old vines lends to a wine that more than amply stands on its own. Like previous vintages this wine shows dark ripe fruits on the nose and soft tannins, but with more concentration due to the extremely low yield of one ton per acre."

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/5/2013  | Send Email
The "Sommelier's Sommelier" Greg Condes turned me onto the wines of Porter Creek when he recently organized a barbeque featuring his legendary hamburgers grilled by Somm star Ian Cauble, and if there was one wine that was meant for the mouth watering pork and beef, spice laden burgers it was their Carignane. Upfront fruit, star anise, toasted cinnamon bark, and black peppercorns. An absolutely luscious wine that is incredibly food friendly, and perhaps a varietal that will be new to your cellar.

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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.
Sub-Region:

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.