Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2012
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.Add winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Schug Chardonnay Carneros
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.
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
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
Four and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
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.
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
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.
External Reviews for Schug Chardonnay Carneros
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.
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.
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.
It has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish.
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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