Hank's Fault Line Red 2004
This wine is the result of a partnership between one of the Central Coasts premier producers (Tantara) and the Miller Family (owners of several premium vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, including Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills!) It was produced is an homage to the late mono-named "Hank", a colorful, quotable veteran of the vines, deservedly remembered through this wine. I never knew Hank, but stories of his past remind me of the Jack Palance character from City Slickers. Here are a few of his quotes that people bothered to write down - see if you don't agree: Hank's Aphoristic Indulgences: Hank says, "Women rarely steal tools." Hank says, "I never met an obstacle I didn't like." Hank says, "Good canopy management and a good set of mud grips will take you where you need to go." Hank says, "What the hell is quiche?" Hank says, "The future's not that far off." Hank says, "If it gets in your way you know what to do." Hank says, "The difference between California wine and French wine is like the difference between lightning and lightning bugs." Hank says, "Don't get even, get better." Hank says, "Dogs don't say much but their voices sure do travel." Hank says, "It's better to sit in a saloon and think about church than to sit in church and think about a saloon." Hank says, "If you learn by bad experience make sure it's somebody else's." So grab a bottle of Hank's today, and wax philosophical with us!
Drinking it now for the first time (Nov. 2012). Bright red with some brown at the edge.and almost transparent, looks light bodied. Nice bouquet, fruity, ripe and light alcohol. Taste is soft, slightly sweet, delicate and very pleasant. Similar to a Pinot Noir. Eight years old and definitely ready to drink now.