Hook & Ladder Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004

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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 ... Read more

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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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