Experience taught David Hunt, owner and winemaker at Hunt Cellars, that in order to make great wine, you must simply have the best fruit. Thus, after looking at numerous parcels of land, he finally settled on a uniquely beautiful property, containing over 550 acres in Paso Robles, because he knew it would produce the world-class fruit needed to craft truly special wines. He’s what our tasting panel thought about some of his latest releases:

Hunt Cellars 2014 “Cask 21” Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): Cabernet Savignon

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 140-145

Tasting Notes:

A mix of black cherry, plum, and boysenberry aromas come together with expressions of caramel, oak, and dark chocolate on the nose. Flavors of plums, dark cherries, and bramble berries unfold into suggestions of caramel, toasty oak, and cocoa on the palate. Plush tannins and compelling layers make this a Cab for beef tenderloin.

Rating: 94

Hunt Cellars 2013 “Cask 21” Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): Cabernet Savignon

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 140-145

Tasting Notes:

Waves of black cherries, cassis, and blackberries come up from a glass, along with accents of smoky oak, toasty vanilla, and brown spice. With a sip, flavors of currant, cherry, and dark plum play among nuances of cedar, vanilla, and clove. Dusty tannins frame the wine nicely and will give it a long life. Enjoy now with a rib eye or lay it down for five+ years.

Rating: 93+

Hunt Cellars 2014 “Unforgettable” Merlot

Grape(s): Merlot

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 40-45

Tasting Notes:

Plum and cherry aromas mingle around undertones of brown spice, toasty oak, and anise on the nose. Lots of rich, dark fruit, including plums, black cherries, and blackberries, comes up front on the palate and moves into elements of cedar, baking spice, and earth. A good structure and dry finish make this a Merlot to enjoy with pasta in a chunky meat sauce.

Rating: 92+

Hunt Cellars 2014 “Irresistible” Petite Sirah

Grape(s): Petite Sirah

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 45-50

Tasting Notes:

Swirling a glass brings up aromas of blackberries, plums, anise, and toasty brown spice. The palate reveals blackberry jam, blueberry, and plum flavors that meld among notes of cedar, all-spice, and coffee. Plush tannins and dark fruit frame the wine well. Pair with BBQ chicken.

Rating: 91

Hunt Cellars 2013 “Irresistible” Petite Sirah

Grape(s): Petite Sirah

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 45-50

Tasting Notes:

There’s blueberries, cherries, and blackberries accented by white pepper, clove, and toasty oak on the nose. After a sip, flavors of blueberry, plum, and cherry emerge, followed by whispers of brown spice, smoky oak, and pepper. Cocoa tannins and rich layers make this a stand out Petite Sirah.

Rating: 94

Hunt Cellars 2013 “Encore Plus” Red Blend

Grape(s): Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Savignon, and Petit Verdot

Region: Paso Robles, Ca

Price: 105-110

Tasting Notes:

Compelling aromas of red cherries, raspberries, and plums flow into notes of violets, vanilla, and mocha on the nose. The palate offers flavors of ripe cherry, red plum, and raspberry jam that meld among traces of floral earth, butterscotch, and espresso. With silky tannins and nice layers, open a bottle when you serve roast duck.

Rating: 93

 

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Note: Wines rated with a “+” have not yet reached their peak quality but will do so over the next few years