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Hook & Ladder Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004

External Review by Appellation America:

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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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

External Reviews for Hook & Ladder Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: Appellation America
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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