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Hook & Ladder 2017 Gambogi Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel

Hook & Ladder 2017 Gambogi Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel

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You’ve got the Zin itch and only Old Vine will scratch it. Today’s wine isn’t any generic, off-the-shelf remedy. Nope. Wine Spies’ cure for what ails you is a high-octane, single-vineyard, Russian River bombshell squeezed from grapes that hang on 100+-year-old vines…all at almost half off.

Historic Gambogi Ranch has been growing these grapes since the 1900s.

…not “1900s” as in “last century”. The 1900s as in before 1910.

…and not “growing these grapes” as in “been growing Zinfandel”. Growing these grapes as in the same actual vines.

Why Old Vine? When a vine gets older, it naturally produces fewer grapes. That means all that vine’s energy and attention are laser-focused on making those remaining berries. That means huge flavor.

At a glance, you know you’re in for a treat - at its dense core is a deep garnet, but its encircled by a ring of bright vivacious magenta. Zinfandel lovers be warned, this is the perfumed intoxicating nose we seek. Bright, lush, juicy fruit leap from the glass with huge bursts of raspberry and fresh-squeezed blackberries. The delightful aromas come through on the palate too, with big fruit that’s balanced by subtle oak-imparted flavor of vanilla and gingerbread. A subtle black olive and an herbaceous note is a beautiful counterpoint. It really shines in its composition however with surprisingly refined tannin for a Zinfandel that just provides the perfect framework for that lovely fruit. This wine is great, because it’s both a classic Zin in the flavor profile, yet more versatile in its competent structure. Throw a Korean bibimbap bowl at it. You’d be surprised.

Don’t miss out on a truly exceptional Zinfandel. This wine drinks like the top Zin you’ll find anywhere and for $25, you’ll wish you bought an extra case to get you through summer.

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fruit
Hook & Ladder 2017 Gambogi Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel 750ml Wine Label
Look

Dense core is a deep garnet, but its encircled by a ring of bright vivacious magenta.

Smell

Bright, lush, juicy fruit leap from the glass with huge bursts of raspberry and fresh-squeezed blackberries.

Taste

Bbig fruit that’s balanced by subtle oak-imparted flavor of vanilla and gingerbread. A subtle black olive and herbaceous note is a beautiful counterpoint.

Finish

Surprisingly refined tannin for a Zinfandel that just provides the perfect framework for that lovely fruit.

Pairing

Classic Zin in the flavor profile, yet more versatile in its competent structure. Throw a Korean bibimbap bowl at it. You’d be surprised.

What the Winery Says 2017 Gambogi Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel

Hook & Ladder
Hook & Ladder
Winemaker
Jason De Loach
Varietal
100% Zinfandel
Vintage
2017
Appellation
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Vineyard
Gambogi Ranch
Alcohol
15.2%
Total acidity
0.64 g/L
pH
3.63
Harvest date
September 25, 2017
Bottling date
April 14, 2019
Aging
16 months
Barrels
32% new American & European oak

About the Winery Hook & Ladder

Hook & Ladder Winemaker Jason De Loach
Hook & Ladder Winemaker Jason De Loach
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Offer Expired May 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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Elsewhere