Hunnicutt Brinkman Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Owner Justin Stephen's middle name is Hunnicutt, but it wasn’t until after he founded the first HUNNICUTT wines in 2002 that he learned its true origin. As a young boy he was often teased about this unusual middle name, which bothered him until his father told me about the great General Hunnicutt, a daring and feared presence in America’s Wild West. But years later, when speaking at a dinner to introduce the first vintage of HUNNICUTT wines, his father referenced his grandmother, Nora Hunnicutt, in explaining the origin of the name. When he asked about Nora’s relationship to the great “General,” he learned there was no General Hunnicutt, just a tall tale fabricated to boost a young boy’s confidence. General or no general, the Hunnicutt name has now been passed down through another generation to Justin and wife Seana's first daughter, Parker Hunnicutt Stephens.
Hunnicutt’s 'Brinkman Block' refers to an ancient oak tree in Rutherford that Justin’s mom, Chris Brinkman, used to always point it out as her favorite tree ever since the Stephens family arrived in the valley in 1979. Made from the famous Beckstoffer George III vineyard in Napa, Brinkman is made of 100% Cabernet. Serve with your finest steak dinners.
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Rutherford|
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Brinkman Block is sourced from the Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard. A barrel sample, it has a deep purple-black color and reveals a wonderfully intense nose of crushed blackcurrants, blackberry compote and plum preserves with hints of chocolate box, licorice, hoisin and Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied with intense black fruit and spice layers and framed by firm, grainy tannins, it finishes with great length and depth. 92-95