Porter Creek Fiona Hill Pinot Noir 2012
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
This is the flagship Pinot Noir from Porter Creek, one of the pioneers of Russian River and among the few that remain family owned. The hillside estate vineyard is biodynamically farmed. High-pitched red berries, peppery spices and minerals on the nose, with a bright floral nuance adding complexity. On the palate, juicy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors put on weight and become smokier with air. In a fresh, old-school zin style, finishing with very good clarity, silky tannins and a lingering raspberry quality.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. High-pitched aromas of fresh red berries, blood orange and minerals, with a touch of cola adding depth. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Shows very good breadth and velvety texture, finishing with excellent clarity, gentle tannins and a lingering red fruit preserve quality. Alex Davis called this wine his "mission statement: the kind of wine I'd make and drink every day, if I could." "
Porter Creek 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, intriguin 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 unmatched. View all Porter Creek Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.