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Hook & Ladder Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011

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Hook & Ladder Winery:
In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine staked their claim in the wine grape business by purchasing 24 acres of old-vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. In the early seventies, the De Loaches decided to acquire additional vineyard land. For several years they watched others make notable wine from their grapes before making the decision to... Read more
In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine staked their claim in the wine grape business by purchasing 24 acres of old-vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. In the early seventies, the De Loaches decided to acquire additional vineyard land. For several years they watched others make notable wine from their grapes before making the decision to produce wine under the De Loach label in 1975. More than three decades later, Cecil and Christine sold that label and have continued their winemaking skills at the helm of a small family winery that employs a simple philosophy - craft exceptional wines, from the highest quality grapes, that people love to drink. We consider each step of the winemaking process an opportunity to showcase the distinctive flavors contained within our carefully cultivated grapes. Every bottle of wine is a worthy representation of the best effort from each and every person at Hook and Ladder Vineyards and Winery. On 375 acres situated in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley, our vineyards produce cool climate grapes widely recognized as some of the finest in the world. Grape growers of the early 1900's recognized the sites of our vineyards as being uniquely suited for wine grape growing. Building on their knowledge and experience, we have matched the soil and climate of each parcel with the varietals most likely to achieve its full potential. Tasting Room Our tasting room is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is located on Olivet Road in the heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Read less

Member Reviews for Hook & Ladder Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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Snooth User: Pyrifera
564071,107
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/21/2012

Dark cherry aromas with some earth and tar mixed in. Dark cherry and red fruit flavors. Smooth with decent acidity.


Snooth User: Dani girl
9187553
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 08/20/2011

This was my first sample at Naperville wine fest and loved it. After sampling many more wines, I went back and it's still my favorite.


Snooth User: vino brotha
88361330
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/10/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: ssolomon1
2838737
2.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/11/2009

Great bouquet. Complex and very smooth.


Snooth User: djbacon
3338357
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/21/2009

Anyone who rates this pinot less than 4 stars is a freaking moron. This is the finest pinot to come out of northern california in as long as I have been drinking, Smokey, and oakey with currants and a long berry finish. Phenomenal. And a great value at under $30 Oh and the 2007 is the best yet


Snooth User: djbacon
3338357
0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/21/2009

Oh and the 2007 is even better than the 2006


Snooth User: chillinman2002
17407090
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 05/14/2009

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Hook & Ladder Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Best of Class Medal


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


External Review
Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

Roughly three years ago, the famed De Loach winery in Russian River Valley, burdened with growth it simply couldn’t manage, accepted a $17 million offer from the French wine company Boisset America. It allowed founder Cecil De Loach, a former fireman, to downsize with a new brand that he called Hook & Ladder. Son Michael De Loach stayed with Boisset for a time, and then rejoined his father.The key to the success of the De Loaches would be 375 acres of prime vineyard land in the heart of the Russian River Valley off Olivet Road – mature vineyards that represented the heart of the De Loach brand.This wine is a classic example of what De Loach rarely did as it grew in the 1990s: make a stylish, perfectly balanced, small-production Pinot Noir.The aroma is marked by stylish red cherry and classic Russian River “clove and thyme” characteristics with berries (like strawberry) and it finishes on the fullness of fruit, but with only modest weight in the mouth. If the name were more recognizable, it would sell for $10 to $20 more!



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