Food & Drink

A Visit to Porter Creek Vineyards

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Within the sleepy, woodsy west aspect of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley you’ll discover Porter Creek Vineyards, a small vineyard that makes a speciality of the traditional varietals of this area — pinot noir and chardonnay. You’ll discover loads of different goodies on provide on the property’s tiny tasting room, which is on the market by appointment. (We have been capable of safe a same-day spot, however as at all times, it pays to plan forward.)

On a drizzly late fall day, we loved a really pleasant and gracious tour by way of every part Porter Creek had obtainable on the market — eight bottlings in whole. Ideas on every part tasted comply with.

8735 Westside Rd. Healdsburg, CA 95448
Open each day, 10:30am to 4:30pm.

2018 Porter Creek Chardonnay Russian River Valley – A pleasing method to kick issues off, this chardonnay is made principally (however not solely) with property fruit. Plenty of gooseberry is complemented with tart lemon and a linen-heavy end. B+ / $36

2018 Porter Creek Previous Vine Chardonnay George’s Hill Winery Russian River Valley – A giant step up right here, these well-aged vines producing wine in additional of a Burgundy fashion. Lush and lovely, the wine overloads the senses with a creamy coconut word infused with lemon curd and inexperienced apple. A favourite. A / $46

2019 Porter Creek Viognier Hayley Marie Winery Russian River Valley – Atypical for viognier, with notes of toasted marshmallows and a surprisingly delicate fruit character. Perfumed however fairly scattered. B- / $42

2018 Porter Creek Pinot Noir Fiona Hill Winery Russian River Valley – Large strawberry notes, virtually jammy up entrance. Cola comes alongside within the midpalate, alongside a shocking tannic grip, which strikes on the end as reasonably underdeveloped. B / $58

2018 Porter Creek Pinot Noir Winegrower’s Reserve Russian River Valley – A lot bolder and larger, with lush notes of cherry, raspberry, and vanilla within the combine. Hints of chocolate on the end. I like the complexity right here; maybe my high wine of the tasting. A / $72

2018 Porter Creek Pinot Noir Previous Vine Hillside Winery Russian River Valley – Heavy notes of cherry and a lightweight raisiny character give method to notes of heavy tar and leather-based. Wealthy and dense, it’s a powerhouse exploration of pinot. A- / $82

2018 Porter Creek Zinfandel Previous Vine Sonoma County – Strawberry meets raisiny notes on a barely candy palate, resulting in a perfumed end. I loved this wine, however with its berry-heavy fruit I by no means would have guessed this was zin. B+ / $45

2018 Porter Creek Carignane Previous Vine Mendocino Valley – A curious varietal, introduced in from Mendocino. Rhubarb, raspberry, blackberry, and graphite all make for a fancy expertise, with a darkish chocolate word on the again finish. A- / $32

2018 Porter Creek Previous Vine Chardonnay George’s Hill Winery Russian River Valley




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