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2009 Porter Creek Vineyards Carignane Old Vine Mendocino County
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Vivid red.  Raspberry, cracked pepper and a whiff of rose oil on the nose.  The palate offers sour cherry and raspberry flavors and a hint of candied licorice braced by a firm acid spine.  Nicely concentrated, sweet and very persistent wine with soft tannins adding shape and grip.  Already attractive and open-knit; this may gain complexity with some bottle age but I'd drink it now for its exuberant fruit.

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Carry on!
by robs543
Excellent / Wish I had more!!
Old Vine - Old World Elegance
by Huff III12195437
This wine is a delight and a pleasure that takes patience to allow to open up to it's full content and opulence.
Carignane to Complement Chow
by Pizarro14005221
Decanted with the Centellino. Color was very dark reddish purple. Body was well developed, especially considering the vintage, nearly to the edge. Soft boysenberry with mild astringency, little damp earth, and faint spring violets on the nose. In mouth, under-ripe black tree fruit and boysenberry, little white pepper, mildly herbaceous – possibly tarragon. The conclusion was where the wine showed youth. Alcohol was still present though approachable tannins were well integrated in a long finish that was pleasant with some dull, micaceous clay minerality. Wine continued to open up all night, mellowing. Went very well with food, across a broad range, but certainly needs another 2-3 years to compose itself to be drunk standalone. 84/C+ = 50/5/7/7/6/9


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