We are thrilled to be included as one of the “five fantastic off-the-beaten path wineries” by 7x7SF!
Yesterday marked the first day of Harvest for the new HUNNICUTT winery. Our first delivery included beautiful Chardonnay fruit from the Star Vineyard in Rutherford. Here are some pictures of the action – happy harvest!
Thanks to David Stoneberg for taking the time to visit the new winery. We truly appreciate your kind words.
It is official – we are moving into the new HUNNICUTT Winery. Tanks – check, barrels – check, office furniture – check! Now we just need the weather to stay warm so that Harvest can actually begin. Fingers crossed!
As of Sunday, it is officially Spring and this morning it is starting to feel like it here in the Napa Valley. To celebrate the beginning of Spring, we are releasing two new wines – HUNNICUTT 2009 Chardonnay and CUTT 2008 Fearless Red.
This Chardonnay is a refreshing look at a classic varietal with fruit coming from the cool Coombsville area of Napa Valley. This wine possesses a vibrant color with a nose of bright lemons, light honeysuckle and a hint of pineapple. While the presence of oak is relevant, it certainly stands in the background of the fresh fruit. The palate shows a wonderful mix of white stone fruit, glycerol and minerality that is delightfully complex and interesting. The fine acid layers begin through the mid-palate and continue to deliver a clean and pronounced finish that invites you in for more.
This just in! We learned that our 2009 Chardonnay will be featured in an article about Chardonnay in the Wine Enthusiast. Keep your eye out for the April edition, released this month.
Only 169 cases of this 100% Chardonnay
This wine begins with a visual attack of deep, dense, inky-purple color. It is incredibly inviting with brooding aromas of ripe plum and black cherry as well as savory overtones. Underlying this are hints of sandlewood, oak, vanilla and spicebox. The palate rushes you with a muscular fruit-laden display of fully-ripened blackberry and cassis. The fleshy texture gives the wine a compelling viscosity that coats the mouth and allows the flavor to linger. All of this richness is balanced with lively acid and firm tannin. As Justin and Kirk agree, the 2008 Fearless is an intensely showy wine, it’s like the Lambada in your mouth.
Only 300 cases of this bold blend (50% Petite Sirah, 32% Zinfandel, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot)
On January 15th, we were lucky enough to host a winemaker dinner at the Manta restaurant at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. If you find yourself on the Big Island, don’t miss out on dining at this beautiful restaurant. They did a fantastic job pairing our HUNNICUTT and CUTT wines with a unique menu that highlighted local ingredients. Take a look at the menu from our dinner:
HUNNICUTT 2009 Chardonnay
Baby Keahole Abalone “Stephanie”, Barely Cooked, Japanese Uni Caviar, Calamansi Ponzu
Crispy Ali’i Moi, Slow Roasted Kalua Pig, Big Island Corn Consomme, Earth Grown Lomi Lomi Tomato
CUTT 2007 Fearless Red
BBQ Farmer Quail, Polenta Fries, Braised Greens, Local Honey, Spiced Quail Jus
HUNNICUTT 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Big Island Short Ribs in Two Acts, Soy, Herbs, Black Garlic, Organic Beets, Fresh Hilo Wasabi Root
One word – Delicious!