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Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2016

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750ML / 13.8% ABV
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750ML / 13.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 Carneros Pinot Noir is crafted in the elegant European style that has been the hallmark of the family's winemaking philosophy since 1980. The morning fog, strong afternoon winds, and rocky sub-soils of the Carneros region contribute unique spice and earth notes to the juicy berry and cherry flavors, supported by firm acidity on the long elegant finish.

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JS 92
James Suckling
A very rich, concentrated and supple pinot that has a wealth of ripe and plush red and black cherries, as well as a cola-like edge to the finish. Drink now
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: With the demand for Pinot Noir at an all-time high, uncovering top examples are harder than ever. Fortunately, the 2016 Schug Carneros Pinot Noir is here to bring relief to the budget conscious wine connoisseur. TASTING NOTES: This attractive wine offers excellent ripe fruits and a bit of lavender in its aromas and flavors. The wine's raciness matches it well with grilled salmon. (Tasted: June 6, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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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 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.

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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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