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Hunnicutt keeps the wine from each vineyard barreled separately until the final blend…and it is these unique differences when blended that come together to form the complex final product. As of press time, Hunnicutt also has released a high end Cabernet Sauvignon named 9-3-5 and a Chardonnay as well as a companion brand called CUTT under which they produce a Syrah, proprietary red blend known as “Fearless Red’ and a Late Harvest Zinfandel from a nearby vineyard. They have a mailing list and you can also find their wines in the valley at Dean & Deluca and ACME Fine Wines – both located in St. Helena.

It should be noted that Hunnicutt’s red wines age very well – we recently tried a 2001 vintage of their Cabernet Sauvignon after 10 years. This was the Hunnicutt’s first vintage. The wine held its fruit and structure beautifully – there is a reason you age wine and this vintage is a good example of how it takes time for everything to integrate.

Hunnicutt purchased a beautiful piece of property in 2008 on the Silverado Trail about halfway between the towns of Calistoga and St. Helena. An extensive cave was built into the hillside which now houses their brand as well as the D.R. Stephens Estate wine. A visit here is for serious wine enthusiasts; it is personalized, private and in a very quiet part of the Napa Valley.


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