Fermented in small open-top fermenters with 10% whole cluster, then aged 9 months in French oak barrels, 24% of which were new.
Tasting notes from the producer: Lush and expressive, our 2021 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir showcases this Valley's great fruit. As you bring your nose to the glass, the rich aromas of bing cherry, clove, vanilla and forest floor convince you to give it a taste. The palate matches the bouquet, with accentuated notes of red fruit and baking spices. With silky tannins and bright acidity, this wine is lovely on its own or can be comfortably paired with pork tenderloin, mushroom ravioli, chicken fricassée, or creamy cheeses.
Our Pinot Noir harvest started in the early hours of August 28th and we continued picking fruit at optimal ripeness over the next month. Once in the winery, the grapes were fermented in small, open-top fermenters. These lots were punched down 2 - 3 times per day to help release heat as well as extract color, flavor and tannin. About 10% of this blend was whole cluster, a process in which stems are left attached to the berries. We find that this stem inclusion in the ferment adds complexity and character to the finished wine. The lots were gently pressed, aged nine months in French oak barrels, and thoughtfully blended for balance and purity.
Gold Medal Winner at the 2023 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Plump and friendly, with a tasty mix of raspberry and black cherry compote notes backed by light floral and red licorice accents. Shows a late twinge of toast on the finish. Drink now through 2025.
Harvest Date: Aug 28 - Sept 28, 2021
Sugar at Harvest: 23.2-27.4° Brix° Brix
Total acid: 3.60 g/L
Fermentation: 3/4 ton open top fermenters
Maturation: 9 months in barrel (24% new)
Release Date: Dec 2022
Cellaring: 5-7 years with careful aging
Third generation continues family tradition.
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.