Hook & Ladder
2009 Estate Bottled Merlot
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
The Roof Division
A wonderful, budget-friendly surprise, today’s 2009 Hook & Ladder Estate Bottled Merlot is a delightful wine that our tasting panel really enjoyed.
This flavor-filled Merlot has plenty of structure, but it is also very approachable and very food friendly. With a bright acidity, this wine is a very flexible companion for even the most complex pairings. We enjoyed ours with spicy Italian Sausage ravioli with a spicy Arrabbiata sauce. The acidity of the Merlot was the perfect palate cleanser, between bites.
Merlot is made for food, and today’s wine is an obvious, affordable choice for even your most complex dishes. That said, though, we have to say that this wine is also just as excellent all on its own.
Enjoy this delicious wine now, but be sure to cellar a few bottles for the next several years. It should continue to improve with proper aging.
Dark burgundy with a dense, darker core. The wine is perfectly clear and dark at its heart. Concentrated color is maintained, out to a fine maroon band at the edge of the glass. When swirled, skinny, wine-stained tears glide swiftly down down the glass.
Deep and really lush, with dark ripe fruit, spice and earth that jump from the glass. Ripe blackberry, red currant, earthy black cherry, dried violets and plum are layered over subtle, sweet brown spice, softly toasted oak, subtle mushroom and hard blackberry candy.
Ripe and flavorful, this dark wine delivers wave of black fruit, spice, minerals and burnt sugar. Concentrated black cherry, blackberry and stewed black plum lead the way. These are followed by Bing red cherry, black tea, sweet spice, cigar box, subtle leather and a hint of pencil shavings (graphite and cedar).
Long and very flavorful, with black fruit giving way to red fruit, spice, and pencil shavings. As flavors dwindle, the palate and the cheeks take on a mineral-rich dryness that gradually spreads throughout the entire palate.