In fire-fighting parlance, a “tillerman” steers the back of a hook& ladder truck. Our founder, Cecil De Loach, held this positionin the San Francisco Fire Department. The Tillerman redblend exhibits a deep purple, with notes of ripe wild berries,black cherry, and baking spices on the nose. Layered flavors ofblack currant and raspberry lead to a long finish of spice anddusty cocoa.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Sangiovese, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 16% Merlot.
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In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine staked their claim in the wine grape business by purchasing 24 acres of old-vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. In the early seventies, the De Loaches decided to acquire additional vineyard land.
For several years they watched others make notable wine from their grapes before making the decision to produce wine under the De Loach label in 1975.
More than three decades later, Cecil and Christine sold that label and have continued their winemaking skills at the helm of a small family winery that employs a simple philosophy - craft exceptional wines, from the highest quality grapes, that people love to drink.
We consider each step of the winemaking process an opportunity to showcase the distinctive flavors contained within our carefully cultivated grapes. Every bottle of wine is a worthy representation of the best effort from each and every person at Hook and Ladder Vineyards and Winery.