Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Sonoma County Wines

22. Porter Creek Syrah Russian River Valley Timbervine Ranch (2010)

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This comes on strongly, with peach, honeysuckle and jasmine aromas on the nose that are joined by alluringly briny green Sicilian olive notes along with layered hickory smoke, green peppercorn, clove and savory grilled beef aromas, with the floral notes eventually turning more toward the violet end of the spectrum. On entry this is a bit tannic and chewy with bright acids supporting blueberry and blue plum skin fruit. This needs some time but already shows an attractive level of richness with a bit of a northern Rhône texture that’s a touch austere. The flavors are slightly reticent, but mimic the nose with its blend of ripe fruit and savory, peppery characteristics. Super promising and decidedly Old World. 92 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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