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ClareFree Labrat here reporting on the Hook and Ladder 2006 Third Alarm Zinfandel.
You can just taste the truly old vine zin grapes in this delicious wine. Some wineries name a zin "old vine" when the vines aren't really old at all. But the DeLoach's zin vines really are old, they date to 1895. And they've been making delicious zins for a very long time and they definitely know what they're doing.
I was thrilled to receive this package yesterday containing one bottle of the 2006 Third Alarm Zin and a bar of seriously dark slightly sweet Guatamalan chocolate.
Thank you Wine.Woot Gods for selecting the lowly ClareFree to rat this nectar. I consider myself a good judge of Zinfandels and this one is excellent and did not dissapoint. It was especially good paired with a spicy Thai basil main course last night finished with the deep dark chocolate and the last of the Hook & Ladder Zin.
It has a mellow, earthy and fruity nose, hinting of chocolate. One sip and you know this is a very unusual Zinfandel. It is balanced, not too strong as many zins are. The delicious fruit is present in the wine but not overpowering. It has a chocolatey finish that begs for a bite of the really dark chocolate the wine woot gods graciously included with the nectar.
Looking forward to tasting the Hook & Ladder Cab and Merlot that are hopefully on their way!
Enjoy this Zinfandel, it's delicious and it's special.
101 woots since 9/07. Woooooot!