By: Bryan Brick
K&L Staff Member
Husch, founded in 1967, is the oldest winery in the Anderson Valley appellation which over the last decade has become one of the hotbeds of American Pinot Noir. Sadly though, most people still don’t know about the amazing values that the winery puts out year after year. Maybe that is because they don’t shout it from every billboard or trade magazine, or maybe it is because they use a little, old horse shed as their tasting bar but you’d be missing a gem of a winery and a myriad of great wines that they continue to produce year after year. This affordably gulpable 2014 Pinot Noir is a perfect example of why we love the wines of Husch as much as we do. <BR>
From 6 separate sites in the Anderson Valley this Pinot is a testament to the incredibly quality of the region, but what makes it really shine is the incredible value that is found here. Snappy and red fruited on the nose this is also studded with warm spice notes aromatically from the 25% whole cluster fermentation with aromas of nutmeg, gingerbread and juniper dancing over pure cherry/cranberry fruit. Light and lively this is not only a Pinot Noir that you can see through but also one that does not bog your palate down. A bottle of this would go down incredibly quick with its friendly red berry flavors, blood orange tang and silky fine tannin structure. A great $20 Pinot Noir is difficult to find but we really think that this is a “slam dunk” bottle for the varietal and price range.