Porter Creek (Russian River Valley/Sonoma) ORGANIC

Organic winery on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, not far from Healdsburg. After internships in California, Burgundy and the Rhone (Sonoma-Cutrer, Bernard Michelot, Christophe Roumier, Camille Giroud and Guigal), 40-year-old Alex Davis took over from his father, George, in 1997. “It was Roumier who taught me that the grapes will tell you how hot they want to go.”
“Zinfandel is a big-berried grape. It’s not supposed to be noble, it’s a goofy thing.” He does a very gentle pressing in his old bladder press, adds 10% Carignan and “then I give the rest to the compost gods.”
“Although I don’t like the stereotypical oaked Cali wines, I do like the exchange with old oak.”
He picks at 4 in the morning and, apart from a little sulphur, adds nothing. All wild yeasts.