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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Sonoma County - Russian River Valley|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown|
In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine purchased the prized Barbieri Ranch in Russian River Valley’s coveted Olivet Road district. They both had advanced anthropology degrees but no background in farming or winemaking. They committed to learning and growing together, and are producing great quality wines from several vineyards in Sonoma County. Jason De Loach, Cecil’s grandson, is the current winemaker and has studied enology and worked at vineyards in Chile. They launched Hook & Ladder Winery in 2003 shortly after selling De Loach Vineyards. They do their best to practice sustainable agriculture to preserve their beloved homeland including integrated pest management and using only the most environmentally safe chemicals when necessary. Their chardonnay is rich and full on the palate with apple-butter and floral aromas with an orchard fruit palate with hints of citrus, and a long toasted butter finish with a kiss of oak. Sustainably grown.