Russian River Valley, California
About the Winery |
Estate Russian River
Pinot Noir | "Fiona
Hill" Russian River Pinot Noir |
Estate Russian River Chardonnay
Vines Alexander Valley Carignane | Timbervine Ranch Russian River
About the Winery
Owned and operated by father and son, Porter Creek is a winery and
vineyard estate situated just adjacent to Porter Creek (one of the
major tributaries to the Russian River on Westside Road) in the
most prestigious part of the Russian River Valley appellation. With
a strong commitment to the growing conditions in the Russian River
Valley, Porter Creek focuses on organic, hillside-grown, vineyard
designated wines of grape varietals from the Burgundy and Rhone.
Porter Creek's wines are a unique, intriguing expression of the
true Russian River Valley terroir. They are highly nuanced wines
of power and finesse with a purity and depth of character that is
Porter Creek Wines will be coming to Connecticut in April, 2009.
The following wines will be available:
2006 Estate Russian River Valley Pinot
A classic Russian River Pinot Noir with bright red fruits on the
nose, a rich pallet and nice mineral notes on the finish. Drink
now through 2010 or so. Certified Organic.
2006 "Fiona Hill" Vineyard Russian
River Valley Pinot Noir - Estate
This meticulously planted, steep hillside vineyard is situated along
Westside Road at the entrance of Porter Creek with an ideal southern
face. Hard clay top soil with a fractured stone bedrock places continual
stress on these Pinot vines, resulting in a very expressive, unique
vineyard designate wine. The nose has aromas of wild berries and
forest floor, a weighty mid-palate and long silky finish. Certified
2007 George's Hill Estate Chardonnay
The growing conditions of this terraced, hillside vineyard, with
mature vines and low yields produces a very unique Chardonnay. George's
Hill vineyard extends from the hilltop down a steep terraced slope
of approximately 30% grade. The soil profile consists of Franciscan,
metamorphic hard clay with a bedrock of fractured stone material.
The bedrock layer allows the roots to penetrate, but only slowly
over time. Parts of the vineyard yield only one and a half tons
The grapes are harvested in the early morning hours in order to
preserve and capture the fruit at perfect ripeness. The wine undergoes
natural fermentation in barrel as well as natural malolactic fermentation,
and is aged sur lees.
The 2007 vintage is extremely well-balanced. Aromas of lemon, lime
and pear. Richness and mineral notes on the pallet, yet restrained
with a long finish.
Demeter certified Biodynamic (and Organic)
2006 Old Vine Alexander Valley Carignane
The depth of character that comes from these very old vines lends
to a wine that more than amply stands on its own. Old county records
show that this vineyard was planted partially in 1908 and again
in 1928. 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.
2006 Timbervine Ranch Russian River Valley
Shows green olives and bacon on the nose, structure and concentration.
Co-fermented with 5% Viognier, which rounds out the mouth feel and
adds an extra dimension to aromatics. A dramatic wine coming from
a very steep hillside vineyard growing in a cooler region of Sonoma