Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Bright ruby color with aromas of cherry skin, dried cranberries smoky undertones. The palate shows more cherry and dried fruit flavors with earthy notes. Clean with a nice solid backbone completed by a racy acidity. Lots of cranberry flavors hint of strawberry. Balanced, tight, lean fruit, an ideal accompaniment to grilled fish and fowl or barbecued meats.
"Medium ruby color; earthy, smoky plum aromas; bit tight and restrained; plum, cranberry and cherry flavors with earthy notes; some smoky oak; good structure and balance; long finish. A bit restrained early on, this Pinot's rich fruit and earthy notes expand nicely in the glass with some air.
Light & Fruity
Salmon > Grilled, Pork > BBQ
Nice real pinot, not a syrah-like fruit bomb! Elegant, earthy, bright acidity. I like burgundy and I love this for the price.
Earthy & Spicy
This was a great Pinot Noir. A smokey flavor perfect for pairing with wild mushrooms or other earthy flavors. Not a bland pinot.
Smooth & Supple
A very good Pinot.
Light & Fruity
Salmon > Mustard, Salmon > Herbs, Salmon > Grilled
Great fruity nose, enters tart and sweet on the palate and finishes with a dark woody edge. Would go great with salmon and veg.
Lots of acidity initially. Later very smooth and nice light berry fruit. A great food wine.
Earthy & Spicy
Light, earthy and smokey.
Not the Schug I'd hoped for. Little fruit. No finish.
I've never had a corked wine before...maybe this was a first. Stored properly; other wines in the same shipment were fine, but this was hands down the nastiest wine I've tasted...musty. Offensive to nose and palette, we dumped it down the drain after half a glass. It was corked with a synthetic wine closure, so with a 90 from PR, I must have got the runt of the litter. It was down right revolting.
This is an absolutely horrible pinot. This region makes such great pinot's, I cannot believe something this flat and sour is even being sold. It barely tasted like a pinot and is not even worth $2. Don't waste your time on this one. Anything else from Russian River or Carneros will make you happy.
First 2 bottles out of 12 are oxidized. Is that why it's on sale?!
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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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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...
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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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