Hunters' Ridge is produced by the powerhouse Bronco Wine Company, one of the few wineries founded by a woman, Teresa Franzia. The family emigrated here from Italy to seek a better life, but were upended by Prohibition, which altered the course of wine production to a trickle. They survived by making "sacramental" wine of which there was more produced than any other time in our history.
The Franzia Empire was founded in Ceres, California, located in the San Joaquin Valley. Offering better quality at lower prices is what made them the largest vineyard owner in the country with over 100,000 acres planted. What is even more impressive is that half of that acreage is certified organic, making it the largest organic vineyard in the world.
The Franzia family knew they had to diversify so they began to establish vineyards in wineries in all the top wine producing appellations in California such as Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and Monterey. They even stretched as far as Washington and Oregon. Their prized possession, however, is their Napa property from which our Hunters' Ridge is made.
Our selection hails from the spectacular 2016 vintage and is beginning to show its potential. It literally screams Napa soil and presence with the dark earthiness that is the property's signature. The layered flavors of black plum, cedar, and black pepper are mesmerizing and provide the background for a rack of lamb or a flank steak stuffed with sausage and peppers.