Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Sonoma County Wines

19. Porter Creek Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Hillside Vineyard (2010)

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Complex on the nose and downright Burgundian, with burnished wild cherry, mineral, gorgeous raspberry fruit, and a touch of old wood, all topped with nuanced smoke notes. There’s nice concentration to the bright red cherry fruit here and it all remains tense on the palate, with fine acidity and a wonderful base of fine-grained tannins. The mid-palate shows off precise mineral cut and leads to a finish full of wild cherry preserves with tons of balancing acid and real finesse. This is a pretty brilliant wine. 93 points
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  • 451405annwrite Totally agree about Porter of my favorite wineries. Their Carignane is wonderful, too. What about Mounts Winery and Thomas George (who took over the David Bruce property)? Great list.

  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Thanks. I'll have to add visits to Mounts and Thomas George to my next visits out there so that i can report back!

  • 451405annwrite I love Copain Winery, too, in Sonoma County for Pinots and Michel Schlumberger. Cheers to your next trip!

  • 541617CarlJBonura I have been to Sonoma many times and have celebrated their Pinot Noir but except for Schug, I have not tasted any of these PNs. Wow, I have missed so many good ones, it seems! I agree with Annwrite that Copain wines are quite good and Thomas George, too. One of my favorite PN wineries is MacPhail. They used to be exclusively PN producers and everything I tasted was outstanding. Another recent PN discovery was from Kokomo Winery. Their 2008 Peter's Vineyard and the Gopher Hill PN are very good representations of the restrained approach to these wines. Salute`!

  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz MacPhail is great but boy are the wines hard to find over here on the East Coast!

  • 541617CarlJBonura Not in the stores here on the South Coast, either. But I do order directly from time to time.

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