Schug Heritage Reserve Merlot 1998

Merlot from Carneros, California

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Item No. 49550
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

Our Heritage Reserve Merlot features the Sangiacomo family's "Donnell Ranch" in Carneros, just a stone's throw north of our own Schug Estate vineyard. This vineyard teams up with the Ricci vineyard in Carneros to show what cool-climate Merlot is all about. The extremely long Carneros growing season allows the fruit to ripen slowly, allows the fruit to ripen slowly, developing maximum varietal character and depth of flavor while retaining bright acidity. It has a warm, spicy ripe cherry bouquet with hints of lavender and mint, deep color and full-bodied flavors of cherry, cassis and chocolate. Try it now with lamb, duck and rich cheeses, or age it for 5 to 7 years.

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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...

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Learn About Carneros

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 Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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