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Schug Carneros Estate Winery Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Deeply aromatic, with light cola and sassafras spice notes topping bright cranberry/cherry fruit. On entry this shows a lovely initial note of a earth and old wood followed by nice spice accents. While this is a touch soft and broad in the mouth, a touch flannelly even, the barely perceptible supple tannins offer nice gentle support. With a nice hint of truffle funk on the mid-palate accenting the core of fresh red fruit, and just a hint of red plum skin astringency, this shows delicate textural and flavor complexity, though it’s the core of fruit that really shows great follow through on the finish. This possess a fine suggestion of the sweetness and ripeness to its core of barely ripe raspberry flavors. 91 points

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Schug Carneros Estate:
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 (Bacchus... Read more
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 (Bacchus 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. In 1995 Sonoma-born winemaker Michael Cox came on board at Schug. Trained in Enology at UC Davis, Mike worked in several Californian wineries before he was lured from Napa Valley to Carneros - Sonoma, to work with Walter Schug as his assistant winemaker. One year later he was promoted to Winemaker and placed in charge of the day-to-day winemaking duties, where he remains today. 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. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Schug Carneros Estate Winery Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065229,332
4.50 5
04/10/2013

Deeply aromatic, with light cola and sassafras spice notes topping bright cranberry/cherry fruit. On entry this shows a lovely initial note of a earth and old wood followed by nice spice accents. While this is a touch soft and broad in the mouth, a touch flannelly even, the barely perceptible supple tannins offer nice gentle support. With a nice hint of truffle funk on the mid-palate accenting the core of fresh red fruit, and just a hint of red plum skin astringency, this shows delicate textural and flavor complexity, though it’s the core of fruit that really shows great follow through on the finish. This possess a fine suggestion of the sweetness and ripeness to its core of barely ripe raspberry flavors. 91 points



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