Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2012
Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
This classic Carneros region Pinot Noir offers a wide range of flavors and aromas, in the tradition of the finest red Burgundies of France. "Clonal diversity" is achieved by carefully blending several vineyard lots, each retaining its own unique clonal signature in the blend. The result is a complex wine with a rich bouquet of cherries, berries and hints of spicy new oak. It has flavors reminiscent of black cherry, currant and strawberry, followed by a rich, spicy texture and a long silky finish.
This wine pairs nicely with lamb, duck, even grilled fish.
Tasting Panel - "Lush, dense and ripe with black cherry fruit and vanilla oak; juicy and fresh. "
Schug Estate Winery
Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California's most celebrated winemakers. Walter Schug's reputation blossomed during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, where he made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend (Insignia) and legendary vineyard designated Cabernets (Backus and Eisele Vineyards).
Drawing on his long experience in the production of fine wines in both Europe and California, Walter set up his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart.
Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics. View all Schug Estate Winery Wines
About CarnerosView a map of Carneros wineries
Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Notable FactsBoth Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Carneros are delicate, yet complex, with firm structure and acidity. And while the pair are the most popular varieties of the region, some winemakers have branched out, particularly with Syrah. The cool climate Syrah of Carneros is well structured and stylistically similar to Syrah from the Northern Rhone, though often fuller-bodied.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review44.1 out of 5 stars
9 ratings, 3 with reviewsAnonymous - Eastlake, OH43/25/2017Greg Tatum - Denham Springs, LA411/13/2016777 - Peoria, AZ44/24/2015jul&fab - East Petersburg, PA11/10/2015Really disappointing. Got slightly better when getting some air, transfered into a carafe.SonomaWineEnthusiast - Cotati, CA512/25/2014
Jazziv - Rohnert Park, CA512/25/2014John D. - Telluride, CO512/4/2014
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512/4/2014More intensity than their regular Sonoma Coast pinot for just a few bucks more. Great old world style, elegant, lots of spice and structure.Cccarl1234 - Washington, DC412/1/2014
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Give this wine a time to open up, and you have a real find. We had it with Thanksgiving dinner. It's perfectly balanced, good fruit but not too much, and smooth with good acidity to pair with food. I ordered a case to have on hand. Would also be excellent with a substantial fish (perhaps with a sauce), poultry or pasta.
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