Hook and Ladder The Tillerman Red Blend 2012 Front Label
Hook and Ladder The Tillerman Red Blend 2012 Front Label

Hook and Ladder The Tillerman Red Blend 2012

    750ML / 14.1% ABV
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    750ML / 14.1% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Tillerman is violet-crimson in color, possessing complex aromas of mixed-berry, plum and black cherry with notes of cinnamon and light clove. On the palate full juicy flavors of cherry and raspberry followed by a long, spicy finish, allowing this blend to show well through rich meals, yet not overpower lighter dishes.

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    Hook and Ladder was started by Cecil De Loach in 2004 after he sold De Loach vineyards. It would be a smaller project that would allow him to showcase the best of his Russian River Valley estate vineyards. Over the years, Cecil and Christine's family have joined the effort. His oldest grandson, Jason De Loach, is Hook & Ladder’s winemaker; son Michael De Loach serves as President and CEO, while grandson Joshua De Loach works on the winery’s Sales team. When not directing the progress of Hook & Ladder, Cecil is likely indulging his love of fishing, history books, or cooking for a large group, a talent he perfected during sixteen years of cooking for hungry firemen.

    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.

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    A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

    Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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