Hook or Criminal is a “quiet little vineyard” in California’s Lodi area, the place it produces a variety of wines typical to the world — assume zinfandel plus the same old Cali suspects — all at extraordinarily cheap costs.
We obtained a pair of latest bottlings for evaluate.
2018 Hook or Criminal Cellars Discipline Mix Pink Wine Reserve Lodi – A thriller mix, chocolatey and filled with raisin notes, zinfandel clearly weighing heavy on the palate. Some modest natural notes give the Port-like end some raciness and life, tempering the wine’s pure sweetness, if solely only a contact. It’s not a jaw-dropper, but it surely’s nice and approachable, particularly with pink meat — particularly at this value. B / $12
2018 Hook or Criminal Cellars Previous Vine Zinfandel Reserve Lodi – Fairly beefy and leathery, this lacks the effusive fruit one expects from a basic zinfandel, although it nods at black cherry notes and a few spice parts because the end approaches. The harder assault in the end outweighs any fruit, leaving the end dense and a bit unbalanced. C+ / $12