Famed German wine importer Rudi Wiest created the Hooked label as a means to introduce casual wine consumers to the joys of German wines. Through careful sourcing of top fruit and long-term relationships with winemakers throughout Germany, Rudi bottles consistently delicious wines at value prices from around Germany. Current releases include a Dry Riesling from the Rheinhessen, an off-dry version from the famed Saar tributary of the Mosel, and a “must be tasted to be believed” Pinot Noir from the Ortenau sub-region of the Baden in southern Germany. Be on the lookout for a deliciously dry and mineral Silvaner from the Franken region. Hooked has recently been repackaged with a delightfully clever fish-themed bottle. All wines have a screw cap for easy closure and long-term enjoyment.
Hooked Pinot Noir, 2015
Planted in 100% Granite soil in the Ortenau sub-region of Baden, Germany. Its intense black plum and dark cherry perfume with bitter chocolate notes shows amazing depth for an entry level Pinot Noir. Forest floor, smoked nuts and a mélange of pure fruit components add to the complexity. The velvet texture and richness on the palate form a veneer of dark fruit flavors giving the wine breadth and opulence. The alcohol of 14% is beautifully integrated. Even after being open for three days the wine still shows freshness with interest. A truly great value for entry level Pinot Noir.
Hooked Riesling, 2016
Planted in a blend of blue/grey weathered slate soil from the Saar subregion and Mosel wine region of Germany. The nose shows strong citrus with hints of mineral laced red fruit, ripe apples and pears. On the palate, this wine shows nerve and tension while it darts and dances on the with a margarita like kick of salt and lime. Hints of sweetness balance the zesty acidity with a follow through of stoney, mineral-laced fruit and a persistent finish.
Hooked Riesling Dry, 2016
Most of the fruit (90%) was sourced from the Grosslage Spielberg, which surrounds the village of Nierstein. The vineyard is constituted of sedimentary wind deposits of calcareous dust from the Ice Ages. The deep soiled vineyards of light loam with clay silt provide good water maintenance. The remaining 10% is sourced from the “back country” of the Rheinhessen, where the soil is primarily loess loam. 12% alc, 7.5 g/L residual sugar, 7.2 g acid.
“Sourced primarily from calcareous soils in Rheinhessen's Spiegelberg vineyards, this dry Riesling offers surprising elegance for such a reasonably priced wine. There's a mineral richness to the palate that lends an expansive feel to plump white-peach and tangerine flavors. The finish wraps up with precision. 90 Points. Best Buy” – Wine Enthusiast (6/1/18