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2005 Porter Creek Hillside Vineyard Old Vine Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $59. · Slight brickish color to the rim. Aromas of red fruits, sawn wood, matchstick and wintergreen. Moderately light array of redder fruits with a hint of oak-derived root beer, a noticeable tannic backbone, and vibrant acidity lifting the finish. Showing charming restraint, very tasty and holding up beautifully. Still good the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed January 27, 2011

Winery: Porter Creek
From article: More Sips of California Pinot Noir