Hungry Hollow Wines

Hungry Hollow WinesAs you might have read here Hungry Hollow is the latest label from one of my long standing favorites; Navarro Vineyards (reviews). As the story goes this is an old railway that used to run lumber from the town of Navarro to be loaded on ships bound for San Francisco. The most eastern end of that track resided in Hungry Hollow where the “wine flowed freely in boarding houses and dance halls”. Previously sold off in bulk Navarro (thankfully) decided to recognize the state of the economy and introduce a new line of “local wines at prices every thrifty and hard-working man or woman can afford.” I applaud them for doing so. The initial release consists of a Riesling, Gewurztraminer and a Syrah. Best of all those interested in trying it can get a sample pack of all three for $30 with one cent shipping which I strongly recommend you do. But first some thoughts on the wines…

  • 2010 Hungry Hollow Riesling ($10) – From Navarro’s fifteen year old Campsite vineyard this one is made from three clones, each barreled separately, spanning three different countries of origin. Juicy and rich on the palate with loads of green apples and a moderate acidity that keeps it crisp throughout. A dry version with (thank goodness for me) not even a hint of sweetness making this extremely food friendly. True to their goal this one is a good working man’s Riesling.
  • 2010 Hungry Hollow Gewurztraminer ($10) – Gewürztraminer is Anderson Valley’s most respected grape and this one is a blend of Navarro estate fruit and the neighboring Valley Foothills Vineyard. Crafted using a blend of modern techniques and ancient methods this one has crisp, floral nose with tropical fruits. Lush and full with more tropical fruit on the palate and a spiced acidity that lasts through a crisp, lightly sweet, finish. If you are a fan of this varietal you’ll want to stock up!
  • 2009 Hungry Hollow Syrah ($12) – Made from two Australian clones (labeled as Shiraz Down Under) of purchased Mendocino County fruit, some from seventy year old vines, this one is bold from the get go. Nice, dark, chewy fruit on the palate with lively, bright acidity leading to a rich, chocolaty finish that lingers pleasantly. Big and balanced enough to remain food friendly. Reminiscent of cool climate Syrah demanding twice the price tag (or more) this one is ready to drink now and it’s worth stashing a few more in the cellar.

So there you have it. Given you can try all three for $30 with one cent shipping I think this offer is almost too good to pass up. Give them a try! And if you do be sure to let me know what you think…

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2 thoughts on “Hungry Hollow Wines

  1. @Andrew I agree that the Syrah was the best of the lot. I think I am going to grab some of these to stash for a few years. A very nice wine for $12…

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