Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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.
PinotReport - "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.
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
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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 Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
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.
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22 ratings, 10 with reviewsR&J Wyckoff - Plentywood, MT412/18/2011Robert Vizza - San Francisco, CA312/4/2011coffeemike - Anchorage, AK38/15/201117/9/2011I'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.whayland - Ventura, CA57/29/2011
Nice real pinot, not a syrah-like fruit bomb! Elegant, earthy, bright acidity. I like burgundy and I love this for the price.ALCrimson - Birmingham, AL37/15/201156/7/2011wyoskies - Sheridan, WY46/1/2011
- Light & Fruity
- Pair With
- Salmon > Grilled
This was a great Pinot Noir. A smokey flavor perfect for pairing with wild mushrooms or other earthy flavors. Not a bland pinot.25/19/2011Not the Schug I'd hoped for. Little fruit. No finish.ctobias - Harleysville, PA15/12/2011This 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.25/8/201125/8/201125/7/2011Lisa J - Quakertown, PA54/23/201144/26/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
A very good Pinot.24/26/2011Wendy - San Francisco, CA54/6/2011elf - San Mateo, CA44/6/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Great fruity nose, enters tart and sweet on the palate and finishes with a dark woody edge. Would go great with salmon and veg.44/6/2011Lots of acidity initially. Later very smooth and nice light berry fruit. A great food wine.Maynard - San Francisco, CA34/6/2011
- Light & Fruity
- Pair With
- Salmon > Mustard
Light, earthy and smokey.Kristen G - Charleston, SC13/27/2011First 2 bottles out of 12 are oxidized. Is that why it's on sale?!
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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