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Managing editor Kim Marcus joined Wine Spectator in 1988. His tasting beats include Austria, Greece, southern France and Portugal.
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A Rich White for Cool Drinking

Husch Mendocino Chardonnay 2009

Kim Marcus
Posted: November 17, 2011

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.

WineSpectator.com members: Get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated Chardonnays from California's Mendocino appellation.

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