Wine tasting: 2004 Husic Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
I don’t believe I have reported on any Husic wines in the past. I have some of the older Husic cabernets in my cellar, as I am especially fond of the ones crafted by one of my favorite winemakers, Celia Welch. Celia was the winemaker at Husic until several years ago.
Let me provide a little background information on Husic Vineyards. Frank Husic was, and continues to be, a very successful investment portfolio manager. He is the managing partner and chief investment officer at Husic Capital Management, a firm he founded in 1986.
Frank and his wife Julie purchased property in Napa Valley to pursue their passion for wine in 1995 and began construction of Husic Vineyards in 1997. It took until 2001 to produce their first wine.
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Today, Husic Vineyards produces four wines: Husic Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, a chardonnay, a pinot noir and the Palm Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon.
Since 2010, Michael Hirby has been the winemaker at Husic. Hirby brought a lot of experience to Husic Vineyards when he signed on as winemaker and rounds out a very strong vineyard team.
The Husic wine I want to tell you about in this post is the 2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. This cabernet is the kind of cabernet I really like. It is big and bold, fruit forward and full bodied. It’s dry and produces a great mouth feel. Robert Parker rated this wine at 90 points.
Wine-Searcher.com lists four different retailers where you can purchase the 2004 Husic Cabernet at prices ranging from $50 to $175 per bottle. I believe I paid around $100 a bottle from the vineyard when I purchased the wine, so the $175 price is way off. Also, the wine will be reaching its maturity in another three to four years so the pricing in the $50 to $65 range makes more sense to me.
Usually I decanted the wine and strained it as I poured. I let the wine sit for about 30 minutes before tasting. The wine has a deep dark ruby color. For a 10-year old wine, I was surprised at its still intense color. The nose was all Cabernet with aromas of dark fruit, spice and perhaps a hint of cedar.
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On the palate, the tannins were balanced and not overpowering while the black fruit came through as expected. The wine was showing a touch of age on the finish, as it was subtle and not as complex as I would have liked, but of good length. Overall, this Bordeaux-style red was a good, pleasant wine to drink.
For information on Husic wines, you can visit husicvineyards.com or call the winery at 707.812.4909. Their mailing list is still open and you can join the Husic Wine Club by calling the winery or signing up online.
If you are in Napa Valley and want to stop by the winery for a tasting, the winery is located at 189 Ridge Drive, in the valley. Be sure and call ahead for an appointment.
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