Hunt Cellars is an extraordinary place. Hunt Cellars produces boutique quantities of almost all red wines that win a disproportionate number of awards. David Hunt, the owner and winemaker is blind, but he plays the piano and names most of his wines after musical terms. David says that blindness makes his palate and nose extra-sensitive.

David spent years looking for the perfect venue for his wines and eventually settled on a uniquely beautiful property of over 550 acres in the foothills and mountains of Creston. This area met Davids criteria for topography, soil composition, unparalleled beauty, and ideal terroirs – its varied elevations and mineral soil composites mirror some of the world’s great wine regions.

The Hunt Family decided to name their vineyard, “Destiny Vineyards, in honor of their new baby girl they named Destiny who was born in 1996.  Destiny Vineyards first planting consists of: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cab Franc, Viognier and Zinfandel, and In 1997 they began producing their first releases of memorable wines.

Hunt Cellars 2003 “Rhapsody in Red” Reserve Red Wine / Paso Robles

An exquisite deep purple in color, this is a rich, lush red blend.  Allowed to open in a glass, intoxicating aromas of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cherry overtake the senses.  A sip brings forth layers of flavor with dark chocolate, currants, vanilla, and coffee mingled with notes of ripe red fruit.  The tannins are elegant and the finish excellent.  A very nice wine.  Pair it with lamp chops for dinner, but save some to have with a Vosges Oaxaca bar for dessert.  It is a wonderful combination.

Score: 93