92 points

Hook & Ladder 2007 Third Alarm Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

This Pinot Noir balances its extraordinary richness with a silky texture, crisp acidity and a dry, tangy minerality. The immediate impression is of fruit: cherries, raspberries and milk chocolate. Yet the finish is brisk and clean. Irresistably drinkable.  — S.H.   Published 8/1/2009
90 points

Hook & Ladder 2008 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

A nice example of the ’08 Pinots, just coming out, and the price is fair for a wine of this quality. Dry and silky, it shows good varietal flavors of cherries, cola, chocolate, sweet pomegranates and smoky oak, with a long, rich finish. Drink now.  — S.H.   Published 6/1/2010
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88 points

Hook & Ladder 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

Here’s an elegant Pinot for drinking now. It’s light and silky and dry in the mouth, with spicy flavors of cherry pie, rum punch and cola.  — S.H.   Published 6/1/2013
88 points

Hook & Ladder 2008 Station 10 Red (Russian River Valley)

This is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Alicante Bouschet. It’s a lusty, full-bodied wine, rich and savory in cherries, licorice, bacon, cola and Indian spices, with a dry finish. A lovely wine for summer barbecue, or a cold weather beef stew.  — S.H.   Published 9/1/2011
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88 points

Hook & Ladder 2004 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

Here’s a solid effort that shows great Russian River character in the silky, velvety texture and fine acids that frame the red cherry, cola and mocha fruit. The flavors are powerfully forward, yet the wine has both elegance and subtlety. It wouldn’t hurt to decant it for a few hours.  — S.H.   Published 3/1/2006
87 points

Hook & Ladder 2009 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

A fruit forward Pinot Noir, rich and buttery-sweet in raspberry, strawberry, cherry and ripe red plum jam, with an oaky veneer. Drink this pleasurable wine now for its freshness.  — S.H.   Published 9/1/2011
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87 points

Hook & Ladder 2009 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

Finished with a little oak, this Chardonnay features buttered toast and vanilla flavors on top of the pineapple, tropical fruit and sweet honey notes. It’s a nice, stylishly rich wine to drink now.  — S.H.   Published 12/31/2010
87 points

Hook & Ladder 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Russian River Valley)

Very gentle and fruity and so easy to drink. Flatters with waves of blackberries, cherries, currants, milk chocolate and anise, yet balanced with fine tannins and a dry, crisp finish. Drink now.  — S.H.   Published 8/1/2009