Showing lots more depth and focus than Husch’s regular Pinot Noir, this wine comes from nearly 40-year-old grapes grown on the estate. It’s charming, light and silky in the mouth, with brilliant acidity framing intense flavors of cherries and spices. Should age well for up to a decade.
Made from wild yeasts, hence the name, this wine is twice the size of Husch’s regular ’03 Sauvignon Blanc. It’s rich and intense in fig, apple, grapefruit, honeydew and spice flavors, with a creamy texture brightened by firm acids and sweetened with considerable oak. One of the more rewarding Sauvignon Blancs I’ve had in a while.
I love the juicy acidity in this wine. It lifts and brightens the lime, pineapple and breadfruit flavors and makes them shine. An edge of oak adds a pretty polish of smoky vanilla and toast. The combination of freshness and ripe fruit is delicious.
There’s no oak at all on this savory young Sauvignon Blanc, which delivers its richness directly to the palate, undiluted. Those flavors are of green fruits: melons, apples, limes and the slightly sour, flowery tang of gooseberries. Fine acidity makes it all brisk and mouthwatering. An outstanding Sauvignon Blanc for today’s ethnic fare, at a great price.
As good as last year, this vintage has a subtle lemon taste that’s layered with dashes of lilting lychee and fresh cantaloupe. Well integrated and pleasant, it will pair with spicy and seafood-infused foods, or go down easy on its own.
This opens with plum, stable and stewed-fruit aromas. Tasters were impressed by the black and red fruit, meat, smoke, red earth, caramel and cinnamon flavors packed into the palate. The long chewy finish shows off intense fruit and pepper-clove accents. Best after 2003.
This is a very pure, clear Pinot Noir. It doesn’t have a lot of alcohol, extract or oak. It’s ripe in cherries and blueberries, but not overripe. The acidity is bright and the mouthfeel is silky. In other words, it’s super-drinkable.
Lean and tight, this is an appley wine with high acidity. The minerally, steely texture is firm and just the right match for fish. The oaky overlay adds richness but does not overwhelm this young, vivacious wine. —S.H.