Husch Vineyards Gewurztraminer
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Old vines date back to the original planting of Husch in 1968 and continue to produce dorée, or rust-colored, berries with amazing varietal character.
- Gewurztraminer, along with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, was the foundation of the winery in the early years and the grape continues to thrive in our unique soils and cool climate
Varietal Composition: 100% Gewurztraminer
Elaboration: Hand harvested the grapes over the course of several different nights to capture each block at its optimum ripeness. The careful timing of harvest allows us to find the ideal balance between achieving a ripe aromatic profile and maintaining acidity – a goal that dates back centuries in the Alsatian region. With the grapes just right, we gently press, cool ferment and finally age the wine in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling. This wine spends 5 months in stainless steel before being bottled.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, and grapefruit. Classic floral aromas and spice. Great balance between fruit and acidity.
2018 – 91 Wine Enthusiast “Editors’ Choice”
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.