Hook & Ladder Vineyards and Winery
2011 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
California: Russian River Valley
Today’s Hook & Ladder Vineyards and Winery 2011 Russian River Valley Zinfandel is another stunner from winemaker Jason De Loach. We love Hook & Ladder’s wines, and today’s Zin is most certainly no different.
As always from Hook & Ladder Vineyards, there is a subtlety and refinement to today’s wine that truly allows the fruit to shine. This wine has a wonderfully refreshing mouthfeel, but also possesses enough structure and backbone to take this Zin to another level entirely.
Today’s wine is the complete package when it comes to California Zins. If you love Zinfandel, do not miss out!
Only slightly translucent crimson throughout the glass, nearly uniform from heart to edge.
Notes of spiced cherry, blackberry, and just ripened blueberry leap from the glass, quickly followed by cinnamon, anise, clove, and white peppercorn.
Super juicy and lush on the palate, with a dark berry compote of blackberry, boysenberry, and raspberry laid overtop cedar wood, black peppercorn, aged cigar box, and subtle hints of dark baking spices.
Super long lasting and incredibly smooth, the sweet initial flavors slowly transition to more savory elements on the tip of the tongue.
A full chicken, seasoned with your personal secret spice mix, then perfectly grilled and finished with a tangy BBQ sauce.
What the Winery Says
We fermented our Zinfandel in open-top tanks and “punched-down” the skins by hand to extract the dark violet color and express the rich qualities this fruit has to offer. After being pressed, the wine was aged in American Oak barrels for approximately 20 months. This dark crimson Zinfandel displays aromas of bramble, black currant, and a hint of cedar. The bouquet is complemented by a full palate of raspberry, blackberry, cherry-cola and bright cranberry flavors with a long oak finish. This multilayered and complex wine is rich and full; a fine representation of Zin from the Russian River Valley that wonderfully complements anything off the grill and has excellent aging potential.
- Jason De Loach
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Zinfandel
- 20 months in American oak
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.