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Date Printed: 9/26/2016
Schug Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2009
Schug Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2009
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PinotReport rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/26/2016: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2014 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2014 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2013 PinotReport rating: 92 points
2012 PinotReport rating: 92 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2011 PinotReport rating: 92 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2010 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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, and will improve with additional cellaring for 2 to 5 years.

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About 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.