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Date Printed: 10/19/2014
Schug Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
Schug Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 109900)
PinotReport rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/19/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2009 PinotReport rating: 92 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Critics are touting 2007 as one of the finest vintages for Pinot Noir in recent years, so naturally we have eagerly awaited the release of our Heritage Reserve bottling. The maturity of our own vineyards as well as several new growers we have added over the years has given us an even broader spectrum of individual lots to choose from, for making our top blend.

We set aside the finest barrel lots of our Carneros Pinot Noir for extended aging to create our "Heritage Reserve" Pinot Noir. Each vineyard lot was chosen to express its own individuality in harmony with the final blend. The result is a limited bottling that is as rich and powerful as it is graceful and charming. A bouquet reminiscent of roses, warm cherries and Kirsch liqueur leads to rich flavors of black cherry, cranberry, and hints of lavender, all finishing with hints of tobacco and spicy new oak. This wine is perfect for the collector's cellar, and will continue to age gracefully for up to 10 years.

Vineyards: 36% Iund; 28% Sangiacomo; 18% Estate; 9% Ricci; 9% Brown

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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.