2014 Husch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1280236 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors’ Choice* Husch is one of the original Anderson Valley wineries and has not been a particular Pinot Noir star, but this fantastic 2014 may start a trend. Fresh and alive, the wine is medium bodied but packs lots of tangy cherry and almost jammy plum flavors into a smooth but lightly tannic texture that provides great structure. Simply delicious, it’s balanced well enough to enjoy time after time.  (3/2017)

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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. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2017 | Send Email
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.
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.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2017 | Send Email
Anderson Valley is one of California's most under-rated appellations and thankfully for you the average price per bottle reflects as such. Husch consistently produces restrained wines that show racy red-fruits and earthy undertones. These age-worthy, truly Burgundian wines are available at a laughable price point considering what you're getting for the money.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2017 | Send Email
If you have shopped at K&L in the last few years looking for cool climate Pinot Noir, it's almost a guarantee that one of our staff members have handed you a bottle of Husch! Long a staff favorite, this 2014 is off the charts with bright cherry and cranberry fruits, a fantastic spice profile from 25% whole cluster and French oak aging, finishing up with a touch of tanins. Overall, this is a simply delicious, must try wine that will please all Pinot Noir fans.
Top Value!

By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2017 | Send Email
Founded in 1971, Husch Vineyards is the oldest winery in Anderson Valley. The current Pinot Noir offering is outstanding. Lush dark berries and a beautiful bouquet of rose petals are balanced with soft integrated wood, and bright cherries on the palate. This Pinot Noir embodies the region and it's tradition.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2017 | Send Email
This is a very tasty bottle of PN from one of the oldest wineries in the area. Bright red fruit with wild cherry and sweet raspberry notes dance on the acid core that drives this wine. A little herbal and spice on the finish along with very soft tannins help round the wine out and bring about a nice finish. Easy to drink at an easy price point this is worth a bottle or two.

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2017 | Send Email
Husch is one of the oldest Anderson Valley wineries with some of the oldest vines in the area. Fruit from 6 sustainable vineyards in the valley were hand-harvested to create this red fruited, easy-drinking Pinot Noir that is full of flavor and great to serve at any time. Bright tart cherries, cranberries and baking spices with a touch of herbs fill the nose and continue onto the palette with light tannins and balance that was thoroughly enjoyable!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5