Creekside Vineyard Estate Bottled, Russian River Valley
Heres what Michael Lonsford of the Houston Chronicle had to say in a 2002 article about Porter Creek's 2000 Pinot Noir:
The 2000 Porter Creek "Creekside" Pinot Noir * * * * 1/2 is redolent of raspberry, strawberry and cherry, with a touch of beef bouillon, cinnamon and beet root. Unlike some California pinot noirs that can be over processed to the point of looking and tasting like a cabernet, this wine has all the requisite pinot qualities, including the must-have aromatics.
At $25, another steal.
Grapes are fermented in small open-top vats with careful attention to details such as the frequency of hand punch-downs, temperature and flavor development. Aromatically, the wine is dominated by red fruit overlying complexities of forest floor. On the palate are strawberry and cherry, with a touch of beef bouillon, cinnamon and beetroot, balanced with firm acidity and silky tannins.