One of the few new wines to show up recently so I thought I would take a chance and maybe find a surprise since 2012 in CA is supposed to be a great year. It took a little digging to find out anything on this wine as the website on the back label goes to some Asian site. I looked up the owners name – Jeff Hill and found the following:
Hill Wine Company has acquired Toolbox Wine Company and Thirst Wine Company, based in Napa. Toolbox and Thirst were owned by Nancy Otton and Katie Shafer, which founded the wines in 2009. Hill believes these brands will allow the Jeff Hill Wine Group to continue to grow its portfolio with value-added brands. Toolbox and Thirst joins Jeff Hill Wine Groups list of brands: Jeff Hill, Hill Wine Company and Little Rascals, which are managed nationally by Aerovin.
Purple tinged garnet in color. Bright red fruit on the nose. Flavors of cherry and raspberry on palate with bright acid. A very pure fruit wine with no oak. Very young wine with good minerality and soft tannins in the finish. Has a young Beaujolais character to it. I tried it the next day and it held up and got a little better. A wine that I think would benefit from a couple years and might be interesting, but I will pass. Lim13 had this to say at his store tasting (I assume from a little plastic cup); “The wine had texture and some tannin; lots of fruity flavors; tastes off-dry; no idea of the varieties involved”.