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2007 Porter Creek Vineyards Carignane Old Vine Mendocino County
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2009

($24) Bright ruby. Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas are complemented by subtle floral and brown spice qualities. Nervy and finely etched, offering sweet red berry flavors, good spicy cut and no obvious tannins. Very easy to drink, with good tangy lift and bitter cherry skin persistence. This excellent value is always quick to sell out at the estate.

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Unique wine
by odea13473930
I have opened this wine at the same time as several other reds, and everyone goes back to this one as it is unique and complex- very distinct wine.
Like red silk
by Peck10778672
I just really liked the wine. Very drinkable.
by welles12029930
very good
Purple and young
by mazzilli12720065
OK pizza wine
2007 Porter Creek Carignane
by Will10542984
The wine is extremely primary at this point, with smooth tannins and good acidity. The flavors, even after 2-3 hours aeration, are still rather dull, though, and I am afraid that this is just young Carignane. It should develop more complexity but I am concerned that it will not get much more interesting with time. I hope I am wrong. I generally like the variety.
by Bates12920274
And ok table wine but not up to excellent stds. Weak on nose..........unrefined in the middle...with a good finish.


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