Experience the thrill of The Hunt
Estate History 09/05/14
Written By Jean Sexton
We are honored to announce the release of our newest wine—The Hunt. Inspired by the celebration of feasts based on estate hunts, this wine is a robust, Bordeaux-style red blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Merlot, handcrafted using grapes from our growing partners in Sonoma County.
According to winemaker Bernard Delille, The Hunt has been aged for about 18 months in French and American oak barrels. “The intensely dark, black cherry color shows its rich layers, while its nose expresses black cherry, blackberry, and raspberry, with notes of vanilla, oak, and chocolate,” said Bernard.
“We have worked hard to attain a nicely balanced wine with velvety, mouth-coating tannins that linger softly. The Hunt offers good aging potential. If you let it age, good—but if you can’t wait, The Hunt is delicious by the glass and pairs especially well with smoked meats and cheeses, short ribs, duck confit, venison, and other game meats.”
A label inspired by the past
The Hunt’s striking label was inspired by the strong lines and rich heritage of an extraordinary firearm in Biltmore’s original collection and features a photograph of the finely wrought engraving of a vintage Auguste Francotte shotgun crafted of walnut, steel, and silver.
Remarkable for its outstanding balance, finely hand-checkered stock, and detailed engraving, this double-barreled, double-trigger shotgun was made by the Belgian company Francotte & Cie, one of the world’s premier gun makers.
“Francotte’s sporting firearms were considered to be among the highest quality,” said Leslie Klingner, Biltmore’s Curator of Interpretation, “and would have been a first-rate choice for the Vanderbilts and their guests when shooting rabbits and quail.”
The Hunt is also a nod to Biltmore’s legendary architect, Richard Morris Hunt, who worked closely with George Vanderbilt to create the iconic French Renaissance-style chateau, which would be his final masterpiece of creative design and technological innovation.
Join us in the celebration of The Hunt’s release. This outstanding wine is a perfect choice for those who appreciate luxury, adventure, and the best that Biltmore has to offer!
Purchase The Hunt on the estate during your next visit.