Thursday, January 29, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Sonoma Red Blend - 2011 Hook and Ladder Station Ten

Red Zinfandel usually isn't mixed with other grapes, or may only have a very small percent of other grapes mixed in - it stands very well on its own. I am always interested when I find Zinfandel used in a blends - especially one like this where Zin is only about one half of the blend.

Wine: 2011 Hook and Ladder Station Ten
Region: Russian River Valley, California
Grape Varieties: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane,  and Alicante Boucshet
Obtained from: Purchased at AJ Fine Foods
Price: $17
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Dark red - but lighter than I'd expect for a wine sporting Zin, Cab, and Petite Sirah.
Aroma: Blackberries, black pepper (from the Zin), vanilla, baking spices, some red fruit. 
Taste: Not very tannic for a younger wine with some heavy hitter grapes - the blend makes this very drinkable. Nice amount of acidity and a very nice finish.
The Grade: I give this one an A. Very impressive wine - a definite value at $17...somebody call 9-1-1!!! Enjoy!

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