Hook & Ladder Tillerman 2014
Chalk Hill is an appellation with, generally, warmer days than in the rest of the Russian River Valley, with a variety of volcanic and alluvial soils across the western foothills of the Mayacamas range. In fire-fighting parlance, a “tillerman” steers the back of a hook & ladder truck. Founder Cecil De Loach held this position in the San Francisco Fire Department. The Hook & Ladder Tillerman 2014 red blend exhibits a deep purple and beet red hue, and notes of ripe berries, black cherry, and baking spices on the nose. Layered flavors of black currant and raspberry lead to a long finish of spice and dusty cocoa. 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 24% Sangiovese.