August 5, 2012
LISTEN UP, COMRADES!
Hailing from the Russian River Valley just north of San Francisco, comes this robust red. A single vineyard blend of some “cool climate grapes” (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese), winemaker Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine have matched soil and climate with their knowledge to produce their 2007 vintage of HOOK & LADDER’s ‘THE TILLERMAN’.
A proud former firefighter, Cecil chose the name ‘Hook & Ladder’ in honor of his previous career. Now with a small family estate, he produces what he thinks are the best representatives of these noble grapes.
Besides being in an American viticultural area, the estate also carries a number of oak trees. Unlike many of the oaks of Sonoma, these are regenerating well and Hook and Ladder Winery has taken a number of steps not only to preserve but also to promote the natural environment of Sonoma County.
‘The Tillerman’ carries the typical earthy bouquet of Cabernet Franc, the lively acidity and spice of Sangiovese, and lingering cherry notes reminiscent of a Merlot. Though bold and fruit forward, this wine’s vibrancy makes it a legit warm-weather companion, but also keep it in mind for the upcoming cool evenings of fall!