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Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2012

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Elegant, full aromas of honeyed baked apple and cream with dried apricot and a hint of pineapple. Flavors are clean and lively, with just enough acidity to buoy the fruit and enough complexity to draw out ripe melon, lemon zest, clementine, apple and a nice long finish touched with butter and lemon.

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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 Chardonnay Carneros

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464715,695
4.00 5
Vintage: 2013 11/06/2014

Elegant, full aromas of honeyed baked apple and cream with dried apricot and a hint of pineapple. Flavors are clean and lively, with just enough acidity to buoy the fruit and enough complexity to draw out ripe melon, lemon zest, clementine, apple and a nice long finish touched with butter and lemon.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,132
4.50 5
11/15/2013

Tight and earthy on the nose with faint aromas of pear fruit grounded by a base of soil tones with smoky, leesy, floral accents. Showing lovely integration in the mouth, there’s subtle oak imprint here adding nuance to the slightly creamy and yet fresh fruit. Showing off apple and unripe pineapple flavors framed with gentle suggestions of green herbs and lime zest, this flows across the palate with gentle ease finishing with fine energy and some mouth grabbing tannins. Gentle and very honest feeling, this is a wine that relies on savory flavors as much as the fruit with not that much winemaking in evidence. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,132
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 05/13/2013

Lots of lightly baked green apple fruit topped with bright lime zest notes along with hints of old wood, and subtle hints of toast, vanilla and minerals. Round and rather rich in the mouth, with lots of citrus and green stone fruits but at the same time this have great acidity contributing plenty of snap in the mouth. The oak is almost fully integrated, adding a hint of spice to the rather rich and well fruited finish. A nice blend of Californian fruit with an old world sensibility. 89pts


Member Reviews for Schug Chardonnay Carneros

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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464715,695
4.50 5
Vintage: 2013 11/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,132
4.60 5
11/15/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: runningbear
43154637
4.50 5
12/15/2014

Four and a half glasses


3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/15/2011

A bit of heat, light pear fruit and cream on the nose. Smooth and clean flavor, with sharp acidity that ends with a dollop of blue cheese and cream.


Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 08/09/2008

scents of straw, toast, and wet veggies had a sour start flavors of mild fruit, a bit salty a touch of caramel on the finish


Snooth User: BobbyC10
29161585
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/25/2008

This is an interesting chardonnay which cannot be judged by the first couple sips. At first taste I was not a fan, but the wine grew on me by the second glass. The wine has definitive texture and flavor with lots juices. Very unique taste. I am not sure it justifies $23 but I can understand 15-18.


Snooth User: Majikk
40225450
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/01/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Schug Chardonnay Carneros

External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

This wine's fresh scents of Granny Smith apples and juicy flavors of pear follow a clean, simple line. There's an orange-citrus note to balance the roundness of the fruit, a wine with finesse - and without heat. Serve it with plump sea scallops on a bed of braised leeks.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

There's some verve and snap to the layered citrus flavors of this chardonnay. It has the fleshiness of lemon pulp and a sharper note of preserved lemon, rounded by darker tones of oak. It's a satisfying wine that will grow more complex with bottle age.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 07/24/2009

Chardonnay grapes grown on our cool-climate Carneros Estate vineyard underwent traditional European winemaking practices of barrel fermentation and aging on the lees (“sur-lie”). Additional complexity was contributed by Chardonnay grown on the Sangiacomo, Roche, Ricci, Iund, Cornerstones and Wood Valley vineyards. The result is a wine with the powerful elegance of the finest white Burgundy. It has a ripe, spicy tropical bouquet with flavors that suggest citrus, pear and apple-butter. Well-balanced acidity gives it a crisp, clean finish, making it an excellent wine with food. Try it with cream soups, seafood, fowl, veal and pasta dishes.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 06/03/2009

It has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 07/24/2009

We crafted this Chardonnay from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This new AVA includes only the cooler portions of Sonoma County that are ideal for growing Chardonnay, including Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley, and the fog-influence microclimates of western Sonoma County. Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish. Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d’oeuvres, or with lighter dishes such as soups, salads, seafood and pasta dishes.



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