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TH Estates - Decroux Wines

Paso Robles AVA

A thoughtful label inspired by the silent yet expressive art of corporeal mime, Decroux Wines offers small lots of Pinot Noir from premier vineyards on California’s Central Coast.

A new Pinot Noir passion project from winemaker Jennifer Hoage, Decroux is a sister brand to TH Estate Wines, which Jennifer operates with her husband Terry Hoage in Paso Robles. The pair began their adventure in the wine industry in 2002, after purchasing a 26-acre vineyard on the esteemed west side of Paso Robles. Since the beginning, they have approached winemaking with a minimalist technique, tying their passion for Old World wines with the unique and powerful terroir of California’s Central Coast.

Jennifer’s passion for food and wine was instilled early on in life. Growing up in New Orleans, she was introduced to the restaurant scene through her mother’s career as a Sous Chef in several prestigious kitchens. Jennifer was also drawn to the arts and it was this passion that led her to attend the New Orleans Center for the Arts High School, after which she went to Paris to study corporeal mime under master Etienne Decroux. Corporeal mime is an aspect of physical theater using the human body to express drama through silence. While there, Jennifer’s Parisian host family introduced her to wines from their Bordeaux property, which further cemented her love for food and wine.

Upon returning to New Orleans, Jennifer worked for New Orleans Magazine as the head of their Food and Wine Division, and it was during this phase of life that she met her husband, Terry Hoage, then a star defensive back in the National Football League. Terry’s teams (New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and finally the San Francisco 49ers) eventually led the couple to the Bay Area, and with its close proximity to Napa Valley, Terry’s love affair with wine began to take shape as well.

The couple ultimately settled in Paso Robles, finding the Central Coast to be the ideal place to raise their family while also delving into the wine business. Their first winery project, TH Estate, has become a great success with small-lot bottlings of Rhône-style blends (for which Paso Robles is perhaps best known). In 2016, Jennifer introduced a second label called Decroux which would focus on Pinot Noir from cooler Central Coast climates.

Named in honor of her corporeal mime instructor, Jennifer’s wines exhibit finesse and nuance, serving as an ethereal and feminine counterpart to TH Estate. Her winemaking style is also heavily influenced by the nuances of expression in corporeal mime, creating wines that speak without sound, yet provide the deepest insights of herself, the grapes, the site, and the climate.

We are happy to share one of her beautifully expressive wines with our wine club members.

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Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,

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Jennifer and I started making wine in 2002, not quite knowing what we were getting ourselves into. We purchased a property in Paso Robles with five acres of Syrah planted, and dived immediately into our first vintage with the 2002 ‘The Hedge,’ 100% Syrah. Since that inaugural vintage, we have grown to eighteen planted acres on the property of seven different varietals. While still firmly in the status of a small family winery, we are now able to provide full time careers for five employees who are all as passionate about grape growing and winemaking as we are. We have grown from producing a single wine to over fifteen different wines from the estate, plus six different cool climate Pinot Noirs under Jennifer’s passion project, DECROUX.

One of the wines that always makes it to the table is the 5 Blocks. First created in 2006, it is named for the five blocks of fruit the blend was first made from, and it also happens to be the number of blocked field goals I had at the University of Georgia. Working with just three red Rhône varietals (Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre), we are always amazed at the differences produced by subtle shifts in the blend components.

The 5 Blocks is always Syrah-driven and lends itself towards a bolder, darker rendition of the GSM blend with plenty of meaty, savory notes to go alongside the fruit give by Grenache and Mourvedre in its youth. We saw great concentration of flavor, beautiful texture, and loads of fruit in this 2017 rendition. I thoroughly enjoy the 2017 ‘5 Blocks,’ and hope you will too. Thank you for the support.


Terry Hoage,
TH Estate Wines