Hunnicutt

Brinkman Block Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

9.618 ratings
9.73 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Mike R
9.5

Thank you @Jason and Jennie / amazing wine and Kirk Venge is making delicious wine - RP scored this 97 and I was just not willing to go that far but one of the best Napa cabs in awhile for me - this was consumed during the WNH Sunday virtual zoom tasting and to share virtually with Jason and Jennie was even more amazing - wine had legs forever - deep ruby color - smell of dark red cherries and raspberries and coco - taste and finish incredible - fruit forward delicious smooth - all of the above help create big bold beautiful in a bottle and left me with a huge smile

Thank you @Jason and Jennie / amazing wine and Kirk Venge is making delicious wine - RP scored this 97 and I was just not willing to go that far but one of the best Napa cabs in awhile for me - this was consumed during the WNH Sunday virtual zoom tasting and to share virtually with Jason and Jennie was even more amazing - wine had legs forever - deep ruby color - smell of dark red cherries and raspberries and coco - taste and finish incredible - fruit forward delicious smooth - all of the above help create big bold beautiful in a bottle and left me with a huge smile

Aug 12th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

They call this bottling their “Brinkman Block.” However, it is Beckstoffer George III fruit. If they put BGIII on the label, they would pay Beckstoffer more for the fruit. Beckstoffer fruit is always in such demand, they have very firm pricing regulations and rules.

I should note that this had just gone into bottle a few days before we tasted. The bottle we bought did not even receive its foil cap yet.

On the nose, fresh, floral fruits. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, vanilla, cinnamon stick, some clove & nutmeg, caramel, dry rocks, underbrush, dark spice, steeped tea, leather, saddle-wood, just a hint of green pepper, limestone volcanic minerals and red & dark fresh & withering florals.

The body is full, Rich with firm, dark, tarry grainy tannins. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, vanilla, cinnamon stick, some clove & nutmeg, caramel, dry rocks, underbrush, dark spice, steeped tea, leather, saddle-wood, fresh tobacco with ash, limestone volcanic minerals and red & dark fresh & withering florals. The acidity is beautiful. The long finish is dark, loaded with spice and fine tannins that is persistent for minutes. This one will amaze after 10 years in bottle. I look forward to enjoying mine then.

Photos of; Hunnicutt, cellar entrance, their stainless steel tanks (all mid size to vinify separately smaller lots of fruit), and a half & half shot of their patio and tasting room.

They call this bottling their “Brinkman Block.” However, it is Beckstoffer George III fruit. If they put BGIII on the label, they would pay Beckstoffer more for the fruit. Beckstoffer fruit is always in such demand, they have very firm pricing regulations and rules.

I should note that this had just gone into bottle a few days before we tasted. The bottle we bought did not even receive its foil cap yet.

On the nose, fresh, floral fruits. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, vanilla, cinnamon stick, some clove & nutmeg, caramel, dry rocks, underbrush, dark spice, steeped tea, leather, saddle-wood, just a hint of green pepper, limestone volcanic minerals and red & dark fresh & withering florals.

The body is full, Rich with firm, dark, tarry grainy tannins. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, vanilla, cinnamon stick, some clove & nutmeg, caramel, dry rocks, underbrush, dark spice, steeped tea, leather, saddle-wood, fresh tobacco with ash, limestone volcanic minerals and red & dark fresh & withering florals. The acidity is beautiful. The long finish is dark, loaded with spice and fine tannins that is persistent for minutes. This one will amaze after 10 years in bottle. I look forward to enjoying mine then.

Photos of; Hunnicutt, cellar entrance, their stainless steel tanks (all mid size to vinify separately smaller lots of fruit), and a half & half shot of their patio and tasting room.

1 person found it helpfulJan 25th, 2019
Jason and Jennie

Beckstoffer George iii. About to bottle this. Tasting nice. 2013 got 96 pts parker. 2014 got 97 pts.

Beckstoffer George iii. About to bottle this. Tasting nice. 2013 got 96 pts parker. 2014 got 97 pts.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 10th, 2018
Jason and Jennie

This is awesome. Spice, fruit, length, complexity...just awesome. Drinking so well. Much more approachable than the '14 935 we had. I never had this side by side with the '13 935 but i might give it to the 935 for the power and tannin. Hunnicutt does such a good job with the beckstoffer george iii vineyard. Robert parker 96

This is awesome. Spice, fruit, length, complexity...just awesome. Drinking so well. Much more approachable than the '14 935 we had. I never had this side by side with the '13 935 but i might give it to the 935 for the power and tannin. Hunnicutt does such a good job with the beckstoffer george iii vineyard. Robert parker 96

1 person found it helpfulNov 26th, 2017
Joe Lucca

Really liked this. The PNV barrel lot was my favorite of the morning.

Really liked this. The PNV barrel lot was my favorite of the morning.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 24th, 2017
Paul K
9.5

Cool evolution going on since we had this last. Looking forward to seeing what more time brings.

Cool evolution going on since we had this last. Looking forward to seeing what more time brings.

Oct 7th, 2020
Paul K
9.8

Most importantly, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Delectable friends out there!!!
We opened this for Mother’s Day Eve celebration. Melanie got this for me for my Birthday. She called Hunnicutt behind my back and said I really like them, what could she get. I win. Yes, I know, I punched way above my weight, friends remind me of this often.
The wine quickly. Vanilla and tobacco on the nose and then everything melts together the fruit, tannins, weight, and finish just come together and go on and on. It’s so good. First time having 12 year old Beckstoeffer fruit. So great!!!

Most importantly, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Delectable friends out there!!!
We opened this for Mother’s Day Eve celebration. Melanie got this for me for my Birthday. She called Hunnicutt behind my back and said I really like them, what could she get. I win. Yes, I know, I punched way above my weight, friends remind me of this often.
The wine quickly. Vanilla and tobacco on the nose and then everything melts together the fruit, tannins, weight, and finish just come together and go on and on. It’s so good. First time having 12 year old Beckstoeffer fruit. So great!!!

May 10th, 2020
Paul K
9.5

Night two - lots of oohs and aahs. Hopefully time to breakdown on next bottle.

Night two - lots of oohs and aahs. Hopefully time to breakdown on next bottle.

Apr 19th, 2020
Jason and Jennie

Cherry, licorice,mocha (more bittersweet vs milk chocolate), dustiness, oak, baking spices. Nice finish.

Cherry, licorice,mocha (more bittersweet vs milk chocolate), dustiness, oak, baking spices. Nice finish.

Jul 29th, 2019
Kirk F
9.5

WOTN. In a zone! Layer upon layer of decadent fruit and mocha flavors. Jammy in the very best of ways. Sadly, my last bottle.

WOTN. In a zone! Layer upon layer of decadent fruit and mocha flavors. Jammy in the very best of ways. Sadly, my last bottle.

Jun 6th, 2019