Proprietor-ngociants, Chris Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister work with a handful of California's most respected grape growers and wineries selecting the finest rows, plots, barrels, and lots from each vintage throughout Napa Valley, North Coast, Central Coast, and Lodi in California. Wine and fine cuisine had always been part of Chriss life in the Midwest, and Elijah grew up with a heightened interest in the farming lifestyle in Northern California. In early 2012, Chris was approached by Jim Gil and James Harden, close friends who owned Nine North Wine Company. Established in 2001, Nine North released wines that were second labels of two high-end Napa Valley Estates. Chris and Elijah recognized the opportunity to significantly grow their ngociant business with an established brand, and took the leap. Their Hullabaloo zinfandel spends six months in American oak and exhibits bright fruit and acid, setting it apart from many heavier and jammier zinfandels, while still being rich and flavorful. It is balanced with the addition of a touch of petite sirah and malbec as well.
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Webster's Dictionary (The Voice of Authority) defines Hullabaloo as: To cause an uproar or fuss, and we are certain that this wine is positioned to do just that! Taking advantage of some strong "old timer" grower relations, we have been able to source some wonderful old vine Zinfandel from several Lodi vineyards. Please don't ask us from where, as we have been sworn to secrecy; just know the same grapes go into wines that retail for three to four times the price.
Since people always ask us about our interesting labels here is a little bit about Hullabaloo: We chose the classic 19th century strongman icon as we thought it was fitting of the period between 1850 and 1900 (around the same time Zinfandel was planted and began to flourish in California). The strongman was not only an exhibitor of feats of strength but his main purpose was also to showcase his great size, boldness and symmetry--kind of describes old vine
Zinfandel doesn't it?