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|Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2011 (based on 5 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 40 notes) - and median of 87 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by oropeza on 12/29/2014 & rated 88 points: Floral / red fruit in front moving quickly into earthiness and loam. Nice (290 views)|
| ||Tasted by cmw4444 on 12/7/2013 & rated 90 points: Rigtig god pinot noir. Drikkes nu (1202 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bhohne on 12/25/2012 & rated 82 points: Had to decant for 90 minutes. This wine did not age well. (2006 views)|
| ||Tasted by Chefthome on 2/10/2012 & rated 85 points: Fruit forward. (2715 views)|
| ||Tasted by leonardo_de_araujo on 12/10/2011 & rated 88 points: Cherries but with a green vegetal nose... Interesting . Almost plums on the nose|
Spicye. Good concentration without any syrupy feeling....
On the back end ... Some orange peel spiciness..
Good (2980 views)
| ||Tasted by BillB656 on 11/17/2011: More euro than I expected (which is a good thing). Foresty, earthy, nice balance, decent. (2922 views)|
| ||Tasted by NewFrenchClaret on 8/19/2011 & rated 80 points: Pretty nice on the nose- dark fruit and particularly cherry notes. Let down by a very short finish though. (1629 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/27/2011 & rated 85 points: Full bodied and dry. Cherries and raspberries. Just a very little sticky in the finish. Ok, but nothing special. (1929 views)|
| ||Tasted by richardhod on 4/15/2011 & rated 88 points: Shared with family and friends. Not as amazing as I thought it might be, as it was still tight the following day. Good, sharp red / black cherry fruit, on a medium body, with a hint of earth. HAas integration and sructure, just tastes tight and young still. Straightforward rather than great to me, but perhaps with time more wil come out: it was a restrained, cool, potentially great year in CA, and Carneros will therefore have produced very long-lasting wines. Strong acid backbone. Perhaps it may have don better after more days open.|
I'm going to keep my other bottles in cellar to see if it mellows and opens up somewhat with age. It has the acid to handle that, so may be very fine with some age. (2470 views)
| ||Tasted by Leomania on 2/27/2011 & rated 89 points: Really enjoying this on its own. Flavors of cherry and pomegranate, good acidity with a tiny bit of grapefruit towards the finish. Exhibits a muted sweetness throughout. Drink by the end of the year. (2088 views)|
| ||Tasted by Matthijs Visser on 12/31/2010 & rated 90 points: Lots of corned beef on the nose. Nicely balanced with fruit, earthy notes, and red fruit. There's more to this one than the Anderson Valley Wind Races we just finished. (2149 views)|
| ||Tasted by bemeyer on 11/29/2010: Shared two bottles over two nights. Nice, light, mello fruit, balanced wine. Great value (2435 views)|
| ||Tasted by dboatguy on 10/15/2010 & rated 90 points: Very nice smooth Pinot. Took to restaurant with nice meal.. Opens well after first pour a swirl. Glad I have some more. (2400 views)|
| ||Tasted by dke on 8/15/2010 & rated 83 points: Smoky oak with too much heat. (1234 views)|
| ||Tasted by genergy on 8/14/2010 & rated 90 points: Good value fruity (berry) but not overpowering. Not your typical Cali pn lots of finesse (2673 views)|
| ||Tasted by DanR on 8/4/2010 & rated 87 points: Very light. Earthy cherry, strawberry, mint, and herbal flavors are focused and clean, but lacking in excitement and depth. Nice everyday pinot, it didn't blow me away but was easy to drink and food friendly. (2799 views)|
| ||Tasted by KC Lawyer on 2/20/2010 & rated 91 points: Noticeable fruit right from the beginning, but not overpowering. Very complex - lots going on in the finish, with cherry notes. Not a trace of harshness. My guess is this will be good and better for several more years. (3203 views)|
| ||Tasted by psoals on 12/20/2009 & rated 90 points: Consumed with the extended family during thanksgiving. Great wines and value. Ripe juicy red fruits and some baking spices. (3133 views)|
| ||Tasted by dchorton on 5/14/2009 & rated 86 points: Nice, light, good complement to NY strip steak. $54 at restaurant. Wouldn't buy again even at retail ($30?) price. (3251 views)|
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Schug Producer website
Carneros winery founded in 1980 by Walter and Gertrud Schug. The winery is located on 50 acres planted in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which is the winery focus. As of 2008, the winery also had releases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and a sparkling wine. These other varietals are purchased under long term contract from growers. Walter Schug began his training at Geisenheim, a German wine institute. In the early 1960's the Schugs moved to California from Germany where Walter went to work for Joseph Phelps. The legendary Phelp's Insignia wines of the 1970's were crafted by Schug. Part of the reason he left Phelps was to produce Pinot Noir. Stylistically, Schug wines tend to be produced in the "European" style with lower alcohol levels and more balance than has been typical for California wines lately. European wine sales account for about 30% of Schug's production. In addition to Walter Schug, the other winemaker is Michael Cox who joined the winery in 1995.
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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California California Wines (Wine Institute of California)
California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.
CarnerosStraddles the southern ends of Napa & Sonoma Counties.