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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.
Station Ten is the fire house in San Francisco from which Cecil De Loach retired. The dark brick-red colored Hook & Ladder Station Ten Zinfandel 2013 blend displays spicy aromas of dried raspberries, currants, strawberries and cinnamon with hints of cloves and nutmeg. Flavors of blackberry, cherry and powdered cocoa complement the long cinnamon finish, framed with light pepper notes. Try this versatile Zinfandel blend with any red meat from the grill or dishes featuring tomato-based sauces. Think pizza! 59% Zinfandel.18% Petite Sirah, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Carignane,1% Alicante Bouschet.
A portion of all sales goes to victims of California wildfires.