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| ||Tasted by jds1010321 on 5/20/2007 & rated 87 points: light body, silky; but very sour upon uncorking, took forever (over 24 hours) to open up to the cherry and clove deep down inside (1644 views)|
| ||Tasted by davegust on 2/11/2007 & rated 83 points: Very light, with sopme tannins. Tasted more like a thin red than a varietal of its own. (1685 views)|
| ||Tasted by rwilk_2000 on 1/1/2007 & rated 84 points: light and airy pinot. subtle fruits. easy drinking. (1808 views)|
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 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.
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