Husch Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Since the Anderson Valley is not warm enough to grow world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Husch has always grown their fruit further inland — in the Ukiah Valley — where the cooling ocean fog is less common.
- Husch selected gravelly and hillside soils for Cabernet; the vines struggle in these conditions resulting in low yields of grapes with exceptional flavor.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Elaboration: Each vineyard block was hand-picked at optimal ripeness, destemmed, and fermented in a mix of small open-top fermenters and stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the grapes were pressed to a selection of oak barrels crafted by our favorite coopers where they aged for 16 months.
Tasting Notes: Aromas and flavors of black cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, chocolate and clove. Sustained richness on the palate is held together with fine grain tannins and balanced acidity.
Founded in 1971, Husch is the oldest winery in the picturesque Anderson Valley. The vineyards are comprised of some of the earliest varietal plantings on the valley floor. In 1967 Tony and Gretchen Husch bought the 60-acre Nunn ranch between Philo and Navarro on Highway 128. The land was well known for growing apples and grains. They soon planted eight acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer grapes on the cool slopes of the property. The plantings sweep down towards the pristine Navarro River. The first official crush was in the fall of 1971.
In 1979, Hugo Oswald Jr. bought the 6,000 case Husch Winery from the Husch family. The Oswald family had been growing pears in the Santa Clara Valley, but when the area was expanding they sold the land and headed for the southern tip of Mendocino County. Today Husch Vineyards remains owned and operated by the 3rd Generation of the Oswald family: Zac Robinson and Amanda Robinson Holstine. Winemaking is under the direction of Brad Holstine (Amanda’s husband). Al White, in charge of all viticulture operations, has been with Husch since 1974. Through the years Husch has modernized and expanded, but it has never lost its initial rustic charm or reputation for great wines.