Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery

(831) 465-9294 7099 Glen Haven Road
Soquel, CA 95073
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Located in an appellation known for world-class wines, this lovely property has been home to our family for over a hundred years. High in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Soquel, the vineyards enjoy sunny days, moderate nights and a long, cool growing season. Grapes ripen gently here and develop a depth of flavor that is distinctive to meticulous dry farming. Hunter Hill wines are clean, fruity and finished. Through each step of the process, from hand pruning the grape clusters through delicate fermentation and graceful aging on American and French Oak, the wines of Hunter Hill are nurtured by an expert craftsman. Our winemaker, Vann Slatter, follows a simple guiding principle: great wines are easy to make with well-loved, beautiful fruit. It is a philosophy that has brought a sophisticated audience and top-tier acclaim to Hunter Hill. Our 2002 Syrah beat out wines from 600 California wineries to receive the prestigious Golden Bear - a unanimous selection as California's Best Wine in 2005. Most recently Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • In a previous posting, I had shared some of the white Rhone-styled wines Australia produces. In this first of 2/3 posts, I'll share my thoughts on the red wines. First up are the wines from New South Wales and South Australia. Basically, Hunter Valley and the Canberra District for NSW, and McLaren Vale, Barossa and Eden Valleys for SA. There was... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australia' take on red Rhones


  • Pinot has been a much celebrated topic here on Snooth over the years I've participated, and it's obviously one of the more celebrated grapes in the wine world. It'll no doubt be a story line I plan on focusing on in years to come so I thought I'd start a thread, logging experiences. Sorry in advance, Greg T.Having said that, I've been mostly dis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • I was going to put this in the Whatcha Drinking Tonight thread. But since there was some Syrah talk going on I thought I'd start a new thread on Cool Climate Syrah.Tonight I'm visiting a wine I haven't had in since May and wanted to see how it is progressing. It comes from high up atop the Yorkville Highlands in the Anderson Valley  which is in ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Focusing on Cool Climate Syrah


  • Another article from Journalist Fiona Beckett. Kinda know what she means about the term 'Plushy wine' don't know how much of it is true you guys will know betterhttp://winemadenaturally.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-are-some-red-wines-so-soft-and.html Read More

    Forum post in the topic Plush, succulent, easy...


  • Hunter Hill Mourvedre Lodi 2009

    Snoothrank:

    We really like a lot of Hunter Hills Wines and always have a bottle of the Old Vine Zin around but this is our new favorite from Hunter Hill. It is so smooth and round and fruity Read More

    Wine review by SandraMarie


  • Hunter Hill Old Vine Zin 2007

    Snoothrank:

    We have liked every vitage of this wine and the price is always reasonable Read More

    Wine review by SandraMarie


  • Stephen Harvey and I started a conversation about Australian wines on the Cabernet Sauvignon thread last week.  I thought it would be good to start up a fresh topic.  So here it goes...What is your favorite Australian Wine? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Favorite Australian Wines?


  • I am hosting a Schreiner's Winers tasting Saturday and we're covering zins.  I was wondering what some Snooth favorites are.  I am looking to get 6-9 bottles from various areas and price ranges.  I already have a 2007 Plungerhead.  I was thinking something from Ridge?  Robert Biale?  Renwood, Ravenswood or Cosentino.  Thoughts? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zin Choices for tasting


  • Hi, I am looking to buy birth year bottles for my girls (born in '95 and '97).  Which region and varietal can hold up for 21 years before popping the cork?  I'm guessing French wines will be the most common response, but my knowledge to this region is pretty limited (primarily drink CA, WA, and Italian wines).  Also not looking to break the bank... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birth year bottles....which...


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  • Well I have plans to include several Syrahs in this thread over the next 2 weeks but let me begin with one of my favorite Syrah producers. J L Chave and his lovely 1996 Hermitage:Richly aromatic from the moment this is opened offering up an array of gamy tones to the earthy, blackberry fruit. Integrated in the mouth with the acidity seemingly qu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth GTI - Syrah - post...


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