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.
While Gewurztraminer might be hard to pronounce, it is easy to drink! Husch's 2020 wine features lifted aromas of jasmine, rose petal, and spice, with succulent fruit notes of white grapefruit, lychee, and pear. The rich palate melds with bright, focused acidity to carry through to a long and pleasant finish. The mix of florals, spice, and fruit makes the wine a pleasure to drink in its youth, though it will reward the patient few after some time in the cellar.
This food-friendly wine pairs with gingered stir fry, roasted squash and eggplant, yellow or red curries, or warmed Camembert with honey and walnuts.