Porter Creek Vineyards

  • “Over time, as its Westside Road neighbors have sided with heft, Porter Creek and its vineyards have become the loyal opposition, producing wines with modest extraction and a silken texture. It is surprising the wines aren’t better known.”
    –Jon Bonné, The New California Wine

  • “Porter Creek is like a snapshot from Pinot's past… The approach Davis takes is the opposite of the modern style; it's nuanced, pure in its fruit and informed by his time in some of Burgundy's greatest cellars. It harks back to a much defter view of what Russian River could yield.”
    —Jon Bonné, SF Chronicle

Porter Creek is owned by Alex Davis, who biodynamically farms his low-yielding, hillside grown vines in the Russian River Valley.

The winery got its start in 1977 when Alex's father George Davis purchased 40 acres of land off Westside Road in what would eventually become the Russian River Valley AVA. Seeing that it was an ideal location for growing Burgundian varieties, George planted 10 acres of Chardonnay in addition to the 12 acres of Pinot Noir already on the land. The winery was bonded in 1982 and for the next 15 years, George paid no attention to the ever-changing wine trends and simply worked to express the unique terroir of the Russian River Valley.

In 1997, George handed wine-making responsibility to his son, Alex. In addition to growing up working along side his father at the winery, Alex studied Enology at Fresno University and spent several years in France working with renowned wine makers including Christophe Roumier and Marcel Guigal.

Although the style at Porter Creek has remained true to George’s original vision, one major change Alex made was the transition of their vineyards to biodynamic farming. Rigorous attention is paid both to the soil and the vines to ensure the entire vineyard is operating in harmony. The results are pure, balanced wines that speak strongly of their source, not just the hand that got them into the bottle.

The winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the 20-acre estate vineyard, and also purchases fruit for the Zinfandel, Carignane, Syrah, Viognier and a few other variety wines.

In the cellar, Alex uses about around 30% whole cluster on the Pinot Noirs, while the whites are direct pressed. Following a 3-4 day cold soak (for the Pinots), native yeasts are used for fermentation which happens outdoors in stainless steel tanks. Aging is done in 25-30% new oak.

Image PRODUCT Description

DB6052-18
Biodynamic
Rosé
2018
Zinfandel
Made from 80% old vine Carignane and 20% Russian River Zinfandel. Both vineyards are head pruned and dry farmed. The old vine Carignane... Read More

DB0233-17
Chardonnay Russian River
2017
Chardonnay
Organically farmed fruit; whole cluster pressed, settled and transferred to barrel and aged 11 months in 228L French barrels (25% new).... Read More

DB7062-16
Biodynamic
Chardonnay "George's Hill" Russian River
2016
Chardonnay
The fruit for George's Hill comes from 2 acre block of old vines planted on a hillside with much richer soil. The fruit is wholecluster... Read More

DB7739-15
Biodynamic
Carignane "Old Vine", Mendocino
2015
Carignan
The fruit comes from an organic, dry farmed, head trained vineyard in Hopland that was planted in 1939.  100% destemmed and fermented with... Read More

DB7110-16
Biodynamic
Pinot Noir Estate Russian River
2016
Pinot Noir
Soil: Clay and bedrock (reminiscent of schist, shale, granite) Farming: Organic and biodynamic Vinification: 3-4 day cold soak in naturally... Read More

DB7108-16
Biodynamic
Pinot Noir "Fiona Hill"
2016
Pinot Noir
Fiona hill is a meticulously planted, steep hillside vineyard with an ideal southern face, situated in Porter Creek’s estate in the... Read More