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This is a dream come true for me, as some years ago I resolved to try to make a great Port. It seemed to me that at York Creek we had the ideal conditions. It is well known that "mountain" vineyards in the Napa/Sonoma area are famous for producing red wines with deep color, big rich tannins, and intense deep flavors. And that is exactly what Port requires. Red wines develop their flavor and color from fermenting in contact with the grape skins and pulp, but in making Port the fermenting wine is "pressed" (which separates the wine from the grape skins) very early in the fermentation process, as high proof spirits are added and fermentation ends. So "mountain" grapes, with their early color and intense character, should be ideal.

We chose the five varieties with the best reputations in Portugal. By pleasant coincidence the obvious area to plant to these Portuguese varieties happened to be our highest vineyard block, at 2100'.

I decided that I would add a California character by including a little Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, and over the years we increased the former and reduced the latter. I realized I could make my own high proof fortifying spirits as I had built an artisan distillery for Anchor Brewing's Junipero Gin and Old Potrero Rye Whiskey project. I knew that in the early days Port had not been fortified with today's mass produced "neutral spirits," but with "pot distilled" spirits which have real character. And I could produce my very own. And from my own grapes.

Our 2000 Port was the first year when the traditional Portuguese varieties were available, and I was thrilled with the result. The very few remaining cases of that pioneering vintage are in our "Library" now, and the recent vintages are equally wonderful.


2008 PORT

Price List:
$24.00 : 375ml
$40.00 : 750ml

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2007 PORT

Price List:
$24.00 : 375ml
$40.00 : 750ml

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2006 PORT

Price List:
$24.00 : 375ml
$40.00 : 750ml

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2005 PORT

Every year we seem to get a little closer to fully understanding our port grape varieties and this blend reflects our growing confidence and knowledge.
Go ahead, compare it to the very best from the Douro!

Price List:
$24.00 : 375ml
$40.00 : 750ml

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2004 PORT

Price List:
$24.00 : 375ml
$288.00 : 375ml (Case of 12)

2003 PORT

I think this port is simply spectacular. The very model of what we are trying to achieve. Go ahead and "blind taste" this with the best from Portugal. Beautiful now, but lay some away for the grand children.

Price List:
$24.00 : 375ml
$40.00 : 750ml

Size

2002 PORT

Price List:
$24.00 : 375ml
$288.00 : 375ml (Case of 12)

2000 PORT

Price List:
$40.00 : 750ml
$480.00 : 750ml (Case of 12)

1996 PORT

This port was made with Zinfandel and Petite Sirah because when we started this project our traditional port variety vineyard was not yet producing. Thus they are wonderful examples of the tradition style of California ports, and with almost 20 years of aging are rarities indeed.

Price List:
$32.00 : 500ml
$384.00 : 750ml (Case of 12)

1994 PORT

This port was made with Zinfandel and Petite Sirah because when we started this project our traditional port variety vineyard was not yet producing. Thus they are wonderful examples of the tradition style of California ports, and with almost 20 years of aging are rarities indeed.

Price List:
$32.00 : 500ml
$384.00 : 500ml (Case of 12)

  2005 PORT
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