During a recent visit to see my family in San Francisco, I went on the hunt for a wine to enjoy while watching the mists cascade over the local hills. I’ve been in a white wine mood lately, and I took the opportunity to search out a California Chardonnay.
I pulled a bottle of Husch Chardonnay from the shelf of a local grocery store. Mendocino County is California’s northernmost county to produce wine in significant quantities. Most of the wines are value-priced as well. Husch is a small-family winery located in the bucolic Anderson Valley. The grapes started fermentation in stainless steel tanks and then were transferred to a mix of oak barrels to finish the process, giving the wine added richness. This wine did indeed have an oaky nose, with flavors of almond, butter, pear and spice. I rated it 88 points, non-blind and it cost just $14 a bottle—a fine sipper for a foggy day in San Francisco.
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