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Husic Vineyards Chardonnay Stags Leap District 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Intensely aromatic from the get go this offers up toasty oak notes with fragrant apple, pineapple, lime leaf and gently floral aromas. Round and lush on entry, this rich wine has a creamy mouth feel full of soft pear, light vanilla custard and sweet baking spice notes. On the long finish the fruit gains a touch of gingery creme brulee before slowly fading with a light apple pie note. 91pts

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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Husic Vineyards:
On a hillside overlooking Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, in 1997 the Husic Family set out to realize a lifelong dream. Moving endless rocks and sculpting narrow terraces that cling to the mountain’s edge, we planted three small, extremely steep Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards which peacefully coexist with the region’s wildlife. These rugged, rocky growing conditions, combined with careful far... Read more
On a hillside overlooking Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, in 1997 the Husic Family set out to realize a lifelong dream. Moving endless rocks and sculpting narrow terraces that cling to the mountain’s edge, we planted three small, extremely steep Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards which peacefully coexist with the region’s wildlife. These rugged, rocky growing conditions, combined with careful farming methods, have yielded a limited amount of magnificent fruit. We are now on our seventh release, offering our 2007 Husic Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Husic Vineyards Chardonnay. We are proud to share these beautiful Wines with you. Our wines Julie and Frank Husic purchased their property in 1995. They quickly learned the county was preparing to pass an anti-hillside planting ordinance, and if they wanted to plant vineyards, they would have to do it right away. Jim Barbour of Barbour Vineyards, was hired to help facilitate this process. The permit was granted in 1996 and the vines were planted in 1997. The vineyards were planted on land never lived on before. The ground had to be cleared, dynamited and terraced for planting the three Husic Vineyards, totaling approximately nine acres. These vineyards can never be duplicated. The Husic Family is very grateful for the beautiful land they live on, and the incredible grapes produced by their three, small, rocky, steep vineyards. The Husic vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, with a tiny amount of Petit Verdot for blending. The vineyards go from approximately 900 feet on the hillside, to the Valley Floor. Some of the vineyards are planted in the “official boundary” of the Stags Leap District, and the remaining vineyards lie above the “line” of the appellation. It took four years to reach a mature crop, so the first year harvested and crushed by Julie and Frank was in the fall of 2001. Husic Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Palm Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon, and Husic Vineyards Chardonnay are the three wines produced by Husic Vineyards. Both Cabernet Sauvignons are produced from the three Husic Vineyards….all estate fruit. The difference between the Husic Cab and the Palm Terrace Cab are simply barrels and blending. Both wines’ grapes come from the same estate vineyards and have the same winemaker. The Chardonnay grapes, starting in 2008, are purchased from the steep, hillside Los Chamizal Vineyard, above the town of Sonoma. Please see the side bar for tasting notes on all wines produced by Husic Vineyards. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Husic Vineyards Chardonnay Stags Leap District

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,249
4.50 5
11/09/2010

Intensely aromatic from the get go this offers up toasty oak notes with fragrant apple, pineapple, lime leaf and gently floral aromas. Round and lush on entry, this rich wine has a creamy mouth feel full of soft pear, light vanilla custard and sweet baking spice notes. On the long finish the fruit gains a touch of gingery creme brulee before slowly fading with a light apple pie note. 91pts


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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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4.50 5
11/09/2010

Definite apple aroma. I barely noticed the toasted oak at first, but after sufficient decanting, it became pronounced. A great wine to just have around and sip while you're doing work.



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