Hunnicutt Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Made by Kirk P. Venge and aged for 22 months in 100% French oak, 50% new, this is a big, plush knock-out Cab from the Napa Valley. The thing that distinguishes Cabernet Sauvignon as the dominant varietal in Napa is its ability to take on distinct and diverse characteristics based on subtle variations in soil, temperature, light and moisture. 2015 as a vintage was a blessing and a curse, the drought had continued into its fourth year and that combined with cold weather during the early spring meant that the fruit set was 30%-40% below average. As often happens however, when quantity is down the quality of the fruit is able to shine through and this was definitely the case this vintage.
In the glass, rich aromas of blackberry, crème de cassis and chocolate covered cherries mingle with a flinty minerality and hints of anise. This wine has an abundant entry with lush red and black fruit notes, showcasing the interplay of Cabernet and Merlot in the blend. Subtle expressions of oak, espresso and caramel rise up in the mid-palate and form a beautifully structured finish of fine grain dusty tannins. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley is a wine that will certainly reward aging, but with the increased percentage of Merlot in the blend this year, we think you will find plenty to love right out of the gate. Enjoy now with a long 2+ hour decant and happily through the early 2020’s.