Hook & Ladder Vineyards and Winery
2011 Russian River Valley Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc •Los Amigos Ranch
California: Russian River Valley
Today’s Hook & Ladder Vineyards and Winery 2011 Russian River Valley Cabernet Franc had everyone on our tasting panel raving. We have had the great fortune of featuring the two previous vintages of this wine, and we all agreed that this 2011 vintage is the best yet!
Today’s stunning wine is lively, juicy, and delicious, with not a flaw in sight. The finish is the absolute highlight: silky and almost impossibly soft.
Cabernet Franc is one of our favorite varietals here at The Wine Spies, and today’s offering from Hook & Ladder is a wonderful example of the best aspects of the varietal. If you haven’t tried one lately, or aren’t familiar with Cab Franc, today’s elegant, well-balanced, and very approachable wine is the perfect way to get started!
Dark scarlet hued at the center of the glass, with a radiant purple-red encircling the glass.
Deep and aromatic, with sweet plum, black cherry, and ripe blackberry quickly followed by fresh berry bramble, soft baking spice, and hints of sage.
Well balanced and absolutely delicious fruit notes of fresh strawberry and dark boysenberry mingle with sweet tobacco leaf, espresso bean, dark chocolate, black peppercorn, and touches of clove and cinnamon.
Incredibly supple on entry, the lengthy finish is quite elegant, with the dark fruit slowly trailing away into hints of sweet earth.
A perfectly grilled duck breast, served with a sour cherry balsamic reduction.
What the Winery Says
Our Cabernet Franc’s elegant character is immediately apparent in its opulent cherry-garnet color. A rich bouquet of oak and ripe cherry is complemented by the sophisticated aromas of vanilla, tobacco, and raspberry. A full, smooth finish makes this wine excellent by itself or with a hearty meal.
Located on our family’s Los Amigos Ranch just south of Healdsburg, these grapes thrive in the warmer heat than our vineyards in the valley. The unique weather of this Chalk Hill sub appellation allows this big red to ripen slowly, fully developing the complex flavors that make this wine unique.
- Jason DeLoach
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Los Amigos Ranch
- Fruit Variety
- 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot
About the 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.