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Husch Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML half-bottle) 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The wine has an intense fragrant aspect with floral, blackberry jam, dark cherry and purple plum aromas. There is a distinctive oak component with cedar, hints of cinnamon and spice with flavors of cherry, red currant, almonds and a suggestion of minty milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is velvety with soft chalky tannins and minerals.

    Luscious and lingering flavors make this an excellent wine to serve with robustly flavored dishes. A magnificent accompaniment would be our Grilled Flank Steak, or Filet Mignon with Wild Mushroom Sauce or prime rib with spicy fried potatoes.

    Critical Acclaim

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    Husch Vineyards

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    Husch Vineyards, , California
    Husch
    Husch is a small family-owned winery. Founded in 1971, it 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 1968, Tony and Gretchen Husch bought the 60-acre Nunn ranch, about equidistant between Philo and Navarro. The land was well known for its yields of apples and grains. They soon planted eight acres on a cool slope with a southern exposure that sweeps down towards the pristine Navarro River. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer quickly became the focus of the small winery. The first official crush was in the fall of 1971, thus making Husch the first winery in the Anderson Valley.

    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 in the Ukiah valley. The Oswald family combined the vineyards on their La Ribera Ranch in Talmage with their newly expanding vineyards in the Anderson Valley. This union produced a total growing area of about 200 acres. Today Husch Vineyards is still owned and operated by the Oswald family. Currently three members of the family are involved in the winery: Miles, Ken, and Will. Winemaking is under the direction of Fritz Meier, graduate enologist from Geisenheim University in Germany. Al White, now in charge of all viticulture operations, has been with Husch since 1973.

    Through the years Husch has modernized and expanded, but it has never lost its initial rustic charm or reputation for great wines.

    Santa Cruz Mountains

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    A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history...

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    A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay to just above Monterey county. Elevation ranges from just 800 feet to upwards of 3000, and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lay. Cool ocean winds and fog play an important role as well. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.

    Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, and Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for their distinct minerality and balanced acidity. Often these wines can be aged for many years. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow...

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

    GVDHUSCAB.5_1999 Item# 49539

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