90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($36; all 2A Wadenswil clone, planted on a steep slope) Bright medium red. Highly expressive aromas of wild strawberry, fresh rose and minerals. Bright red berry flavors stain the palate, picking up a tangy blood orange quality with air. A deeper cherry note appears on the finish, which is taut and impressively focused.
I would have to rate Porter Creek 2006 Pinot Noir the best Pinot Noir I have tasted! Excellent body and depth with the smooth finish of the finest Pinot. Great wine!
An elegeant pinot with lovely fruit.
Typical Oregon Pinot
This is an OK Pinot, very much in the Oregon style. Not as big or deep or as colorful as many CA Pinots. It is a good alternative to a chardonnay with salmon or other "white wine" food, for those of us who prefer a red with almost anything. It's good for the price, but nothing like some of the top tier OR pinots.
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Pinot Noir is one of my favorites, but for me (everyone has different tastes), this one was OK. It was not as velvety and richly smooth as some others.
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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