2011 Porter Creek - Syrah Timbervine Ranch 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Deep ruby. Assertive aromas of black raspberry, Indian spices and violet, with a bright mineral note adding lift. Sappy, focused and pure, offering gently sweet red and dark berry flavors and a building smokiness. Finishes with excellent clarity and thrust, nicely framed by silky, harmonious tannins.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 174

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Average rating: 92, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

76 bottles owned by 5 collectors.

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About This Producer


The foresight to buy Russian River vineyard land in the late 1970s has obviously paid off for George Davis and his family, who have produced Burgundian and Rhone varieties on their 40-acre estate since the early '80s. Currently farmed organically, Porter Creek is making the transition to biodynamic practices for its 100% hillside, low-yield vineyards in order to even more fully accentuate the individual character of each variety on each site. Winemaker and vineyard manager Alex Davis, heavily informed by French techniques, strives to craft wines of purity and finesse.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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