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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 13 
ProducerSchug (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionNapa / Sonoma
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UPC Code(s)744598130786

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2013 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 66 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Rcapria on 12/8/2014 & rated 80 points: flat acidic spoiled almost.....over done ? (560 views)
 Tasted by quickben on 12/25/2013 & rated 87 points: enjoyable if not stunning Carneros pinot (1741 views)
 Tasted by Doughkg on 11/21/2013: Excellent Pinot. (1834 views)
 Tasted by merryberry on 10/22/2013 & rated 86 points: See through garnet. Dirty strawberry and spice nose. Medium bodied, piercing tart cherries, grainy tannins, a bit of heat, and a slightly astringent medium finish. Somewhat Burgundian and more austere than last time. (1935 views)
 Tasted by richardhod on 3/2/2013 & rated 90 points: Straight out of the bottle through a Vinturi it's a rose-dusty nose, sharp fruity body, very pure Pinoty. Simple start, with excellent outhwatering acidity and red-dark cherry (the PN taste!), with a long finish. Not layers of depth, no dirt, no barnyward, but just a very good, biting tasty PN. Really realy good, and at the knockdown half price offer amazing value. Really good stuff, and my goto low-end American PN if I Can get again at that price, as it's medium-level stuff, Clean, well-made, and good like Villages or better! (3420 views)
 Tasted by sbfern on 12/15/2012 & rated 93 points: It looked so light in color in the bottle I was not expecting anything great. But wow, after about 20 min of being open this wine was fruity and clean. With a long finish. I want more. (2948 views)
 Tasted by dboatguy on 10/21/2012: just okay - Drink up very light not very complex (2236 views)
 Tasted by Rcapria on 9/27/2012 & rated 89 points: very light in color cherry blackberry not a terrible pinot for the money (2252 views)
 Tasted by Madkat on 9/7/2012 & rated 87 points: Not a bad Pinot, but not outstanding like some of the other Cali Pinots. This has all the Pinot hallmark flavors but not the depth of some of it's peers. However at this price point not too bad. (2146 views)
 Tasted by Arkiefoodie on 6/16/2012 & rated 90 points: Light garnet in the glass; looks thin and light, but this is deceiving. Nose of orange, cedar, and black cherry. Luscious mouth that is fruit- forward and an excellent pairing for spicy food or the bumper of a car. Excellent young Pinot. (1578 views)
 Tasted by admid on 5/31/2012 & rated 88 points: App: nn
Aroma: pepperish nose with smooth dark fruits
Medium bodied and good balance. Barn and smooth dark berries on the palate.
Good length (1458 views)
 Tasted by Bernt Olav on 5/11/2012 & rated 75 points: Min desidert dårligste pinot noir til nå. Ok inngang, men smaker kunstig og brent plast i finish. Styr unna! (1534 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 2/23/2012: Coming up and around and getting better. (1729 views)
 Tasted by jingram on 2/5/2012 & rated 89 points: - Ruby color. It's balanced and has flavours of raspberry, cherry and black pepper with a light/medium body. Bright texture with a medium finish - Very light on the palate and easy drinking Pinot has a good balance of fruit with a hint of spice. Very food friendly I paired with a steak and it worked really well. (1834 views)
 Tasted by dboatguy on 2/4/2012 & rated 85 points: Very light - Not a lot there. (1712 views)
 Tasted by Mig22 on 1/14/2012 & rated 88 points: Medium clear ruby. Nose: strawberry and smoke with a bit of cedar. Not super fruity but controlled strawberry with the smoky flavor and a hint of rocks. (1840 views)
 Tasted by jimmythesaint on 12/5/2011: A nice Carneros Pinot. Not too complex but enjoyable. (2201 views)
 Tasted by orlypann on 10/23/2011 & rated 89 points: Notes of dark berries. On the palate this wine is rich and fuller than your normal Pinot. Finish is medium with lingering spice notes. (2445 views)
 Tasted by merryberry on 10/22/2011 & rated 89 points: Translucent rusty violet. Strawberry juice, cinnamon, and earth nose. Medium to full bodied, raspberries, cherries, white pepper, good acid, soft tannins, a little heat, and a long, sweet finish. Very good qpr. (2404 views)
 Tasted by tate491 on 10/2/2011: Bright red fruits on the nose. high acidity. Very fruit driven. Strawberry and red cherry. Easy drinking clean pinot, with smooth, light tannins. (2569 views)
 Tasted by Askoje on 10/1/2011 & rated 87 points: Cranberries, red currant, pepper and white flowers on the nose. Quite big mouth feel for a pinot. Light fruit and great acidity. Calm and balanced wine, but it lacks a bit weight in the finish. (2580 views)
 Tasted by BlancdeBlanc on 9/25/2011 & rated 86 points: Aroma: funky, herbal, cherries Palate: tart, red fruit, herbal, dry, nice acid finish (893 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/17/2011 & rated 87 points: Ripe red forest fruits with a touch of sweetness in the bouquet. A lot of primary ripe fruits on the palate. Spätburgunder style. Ok easy going style of wine. (2618 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 9/17/2011 & rated 84 points: Medium ruby color with 1/2 millimeter clear meniscus; intense, baked raspberry, cherry nose; light-medium bodied, tart cherry, tart apple palate; medium-plus finish (2442 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 7/25/2011: Tasty, true Pinot, now whats the price? Works at $27. (2658 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/27/2012)
(Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/17/2011)
(Schug Pinot Noir Carneros) Medium ruby color with 1/2 millimeter clear meniscus; intense, baked raspberry, cherry nose; light-medium bodied, tart cherry, tart apple palate; medium-plus finish  84 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/12/2011)
(Schug Pinot Noir Carneros) Red fruit, smoke nose; red fruit, smoke palate; medium finish  84 points
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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 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.


Straddles the southern ends of Napa & Sonoma Counties.

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