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Schug Heritage Reserve Merlot 1998

Merlot from Carneros, California
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    Our Heritage Reserve Merlot features the Sangiacomo family's "Donnell Ranch" in Carneros, just a stone's throw north of our own Schug Estate vineyard. This vineyard teams up with the Ricci vineyard in Carneros to show what cool-climate Merlot is all about. The extremely long Carneros growing season allows the fruit to ripen slowly, allows the fruit to ripen slowly, developing maximum varietal character and depth of flavor while retaining bright acidity. It has a warm, spicy ripe cherry bouquet with hints of lavender and mint, deep color and full-bodied flavors of cherry, cassis and chocolate. Try it now with lamb, duck and rich cheeses, or age it for 5 to 7 years.

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    Schug Estate Winery, Carneros, California
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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.

    GVDSCHUGHERRESMER_1998 Item# 49550