Rob Hunter’s desire to source from distinctive microclimates throughout the valley explains his quest for something special and the ability to get to the heart of it in the creation of Hunter III wines.
Embraced by mountains along both sides of its 30-mile stretch from Napa to Calistoga, the Napa Valley hosts a variety of microclimates that provide the ideal conditions for producing world-class grapes. The valley’s more than 50 different soil types are a virtual playground for Rob, who strives to coax the perfect flavor profiles out of each vineyard block. Derived from alluvial, volcanic and maritime origins, the Napa Valley’s varying terrain ranges from loamy soils that drain well, to silty clays, which retain moisture. Throughout the region, the temperate climate and long growing season give the grapes the time they need to ripen. The proximity to cooling air from the Pacific Ocean and breezes moving along the valley from the San Pablo and San Francisco Bays combines to ensure that the ripening process moves at a slow and luxurious pace.
Hunter lll is perfectly placed to take full advantage of the Napa Valley’s abundant resources, while still staying small, sustainable and focused. By sourcing grapes from many appellations and areas within the valley, and partnering with other expert growers and vintners, Rob has access to the best of what the Napa Valley has to offer. With the richness and variety of 14 appellations, Rob Hunter is able to choose terroir that perfectly shapes each of his wines. Currently, Rob sources grapes from the Rutherford, Oakville, Mount Veeder and Yountville appellations, and the Calistoga (appellation pending) and Green Island areas.