Porter Creek

Old Vine Sonoma County Zinfandel

9.142 ratings
9.02 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Top Notes For
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.4

Even though there are plenty of aweful wines made from Zin, I still consider it one of my favorite grapes - and tasting one like this makes it clear why. Rustic with olive and brushy bramble spices. Powerful but made authentically - drinking a glass you become instantly transported to some beautiful vineyard in Sonoma. Sense of place, pleasurable and interesting. This is American wine at its finest.

Even though there are plenty of aweful wines made from Zin, I still consider it one of my favorite grapes - and tasting one like this makes it clear why. Rustic with olive and brushy bramble spices. Powerful but made authentically - drinking a glass you become instantly transported to some beautiful vineyard in Sonoma. Sense of place, pleasurable and interesting. This is American wine at its finest.

Jun 5th, 2015
Gregory Condes

Simply delicious. Fruity, juicy and zesty! Refreshing old school style Cali Zin. #legitcaliwine #gcondeswines

Simply delicious. Fruity, juicy and zesty! Refreshing old school style Cali Zin. #legitcaliwine #gcondeswines

May 1st, 2014
Jody Scharf

I like my Zins more jammy and fruity. This one was spicy with some tobacco. This Zin is more oaky than black fruity, which just personally I prefer. Nose is definitely full with a 13.9% alcohol that is expected. Still liked didn't love.

I like my Zins more jammy and fruity. This one was spicy with some tobacco. This Zin is more oaky than black fruity, which just personally I prefer. Nose is definitely full with a 13.9% alcohol that is expected. Still liked didn't love.

Sep 23rd, 2016
Martin Sorge

Bright, fresh, deep, meaty

Bright, fresh, deep, meaty

Jan 16th, 2016
Damian Schillaci

Great big jammy California Zin that knocks you around a bit after tasting it. Awesome!

Great big jammy California Zin that knocks you around a bit after tasting it. Awesome!

Dec 10th, 2015
Jason Adams

Jam but not over the top. Well balanced and right dryness. Perfect with a good spiced meat dish. Think tajine or lamb.

Jam but not over the top. Well balanced and right dryness. Perfect with a good spiced meat dish. Think tajine or lamb.

Nov 29th, 2015
Tyler Durham

Lovely balanced Zin that emulates a more French style than big and brash US or Aussie style. The nostalgic memories of visiting this vineyard are super too.

Lovely balanced Zin that emulates a more French style than big and brash US or Aussie style. The nostalgic memories of visiting this vineyard are super too.

Oct 15th, 2015
Tyler Willis

Uniquely spicy!

Uniquely spicy!

Jul 10th, 2015
Gerard O'Bryan

One of the best Sonoma Zins

One of the best Sonoma Zins

Jun 3rd, 2015
Benjamin Hickey

Minimal intervention. Savoury and herbs. Really nicely integrated. Classy wine.

Minimal intervention. Savoury and herbs. Really nicely integrated. Classy wine.

Jun 2nd, 2015