Hook & Ladder Estate Bottled Pinot Noir 2019, Russian River Valley, California

Old world techniques are used to make this Pinot Noir in small batches. De Loach has been farming these delicate Pinot Noir vineyards since 1973 in the Russian River Valley. Located on the plains and gently rolling hills off Olivet Road in western Santa Rosa, this area provides an excellent medium for the coastal fog that blankets the fruit in the mornings and evenings. The cooling moisture facilitates a longer growing season in which Pinot Noir thrives. The fruit is punched down by hand up to three times a day. After native yeast fermentation, the wine is aged in French oak barrels for up to 11 months. 2018 vintage – “Our Pinot Noir displays a deep, dark magenta and purple color followed by aromas of black cherry with hints of cinnamon and spice. Flavors of dark fruit, cranberries and a dusty cocoa finish.”