Hook & Ladder

2011 Estate Bottled Merlot

Merlot

California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley

Offer Expired:Oct 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm
$27.00
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Mission Briefing

Codename:

5 Alarm Merlot

We’ve been showcasing the wines of Hook & Ladder Winery for the last eight years - for good reason. They are fantastic, and they deliver a high-end drinking experience at prices that are affordable.

Today’s Hook & Ladder 2011 Estate Bottled Merlot is a really terrific wine. It is bold, juicy, dark and very delicious. This wine has a beautifully aromatic nose, with black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, Alpine strawberry, spiced cherry candy, cedar, sweet oak, baker’s chocolate and a hint of black pepper.

On the palate, the wine is delightfully and darkly juicy and delicious. It is loaded with rich flavors of ripe blackberry, black cherry and smoky blueberry in the lead. Under these, you’ll enjoy dark chocolate, sweet spice, leather and cassis with subtle savory spice and black pepper.

Winemaker Jason De Loach really knocked it out of the park with today’s highly recommended wine.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Dark ruby red with a deep and darker core of dark garnet. Tall, skinny tears move swiftly down the glass.

Smell:

Black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, Alpine strawberry, spiced cherry candy, cedar, sweet oak, baker’s chocolate and a hint of black pepper.

Taste:

Ripe blackberry, black cherry, smoky blueberry, dark chocolate, sweet spice, leather and cassis with subtle savory spice and black pepper.

Finish:

Very long and loaded with juicy dark fruit, spice and earthy elements that tail off slowly, giving way to a gradually drying elegance.

Pairing:

Merlot is one of the most food-friendly varietals around, so you can enjoy this wine with a very wide variety of dishes. Because of the savory undertones on the wine, we recommend that you pair with a savory or spicy red meat dish.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Jason De Loach
Varietal
Merlot
Vintage
2011
Appellation
Sonoma Valley
Harvest date
October 12-18 2011
Abv
14.2%
TA
.72
pH
3.32
Aging
17 months
Barrels
25% New European and American Oak
Harvest date
October 7th - November 3rd, 2011
Estate bottled
July 9, 2012
Production
700 cases

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Oct 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm
$27.00
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