Hook & Ladder
2011 Estate Bottled Merlot
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
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.
Dark ruby red with a deep and darker core of dark garnet. Tall, skinny tears move swiftly down the glass.
Black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, Alpine strawberry, spiced cherry candy, cedar, sweet oak, baker’s chocolate and a hint of black pepper.
Ripe blackberry, black cherry, smoky blueberry, dark chocolate, sweet spice, leather and cassis with subtle savory spice and black pepper.
Very long and loaded with juicy dark fruit, spice and earthy elements that tail off slowly, giving way to a gradually drying elegance.
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
- Jason De Loach
- Sonoma Valley
- Harvest date
- October 12-18 2011
- 17 months
- 25% New European and American Oak
- Harvest date
- October 7th - November 3rd, 2011
- Estate bottled
- July 9, 2012
- 700 cases