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Review: 2015 Huber Generations

Since its first vintage in 1978, Huber Winery has become a Hoosier agritourism conglomerate, with over a half a million annual visitors to the winery, orchards, and farmers’ market. A review of Huber’s historic offerings reveals a lot about how Hoosier viticulture has changed for the better. Huber currently makes some excellent fortified fruit wines, and their distilled spirits (under the Starlight name) are likewise gaining a lot of attention.

Thanks to some great vineyard site management and the changing climate, Huber also seems to be hitting its stride growing some vinifera and making bold red blends, which brings us this review. We once attended a vertical tasting of the 2004-2012 flagship Generations blend, a blend of Chambourcin, Cab Franc, and Blaufrankish. The quality of the vintages showed a clear upward trend, and we think the 2015 might be the best yet.

Medium ruby in the glass, lots of cherry, pepper, vanilla, and cigar box on the nose. Medium plus body, with fruit taking a backseat to tobacco up front, along with hay, vanilla, and cassis. Prune and black tea on the mid-palate, giving way to pine, dust, bay leaf, and cherry on a long pleasant finish. This wine is ready to drink now, but needs a hearty meal. We drank this with our filet mignon, and even used it to make an excellent sauce for the steaks. One of the best Midwest reds.

Charted Details:

Winemaker: Huber Winery

From: Indiana Uplands AVA

Varietals: Unspecified blend of Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, and Blaufrankish

ABV: 13.5%

Price: $18

Rating: 93 pts

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