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Schug Merlot Carneros Heritage Reserve 2002

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Our Heritage reserve Merlot is blended in the Bordeaux tradition using Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon for maximum complexity. The Merlot is sourced from the cool Carneros region, where the extremely long growing season allows this varietal to ripen slowly, developing maximum varietal character and depth of flavor while retaining bright acidity. It has a spicy bouquet of lavender and mint, rich 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 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

External Reviews for Schug Merlot Carneros Heritage Reserve

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Walter and Gertrud Schug brought to Sonoma their heritage of winemaking – both of their fathers made wine in their native Germany. In fact, you Riesling diehards may be interested to know they met while he was interning at her dad’s estate, Weingut Annaberg. Walter made a name for himself here as founding winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards, where he crafted Bordeaux-blend Insignia and later the Bacchus and Eisele Cabs. Today he works alongside winemaker Michael Cox to produce the family’s well-respected line of cool climate wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Son Axel Schug is Sales and Marketing Director. This “Heritage Reserve” Merlot is made up 92% cool climate Merlot from the Sangiacomo “Donnell” and Ricci Vineyards, 6% Cabernet Franc from the Sonoma Mountain Vineyard and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from Atwood Vineyard. The Merlot component is, according to the family, “made from the best barrels of our top Carneros vineyards,” thus the special designation. Only 389 cases were produced and the $30 price tag is a breath of fresh air compared to the outrageous pricing of this varietal in Napa Valley. Bright and fairly opaque ruby red, it has notes of boysenberry, stewed tomato, mocha, and cedar and an underlying character of what the French refer to as “animale” or “sauvage” which we sometimes refer to here as “funk”.



Our Heritage reserve Merlot is blended in the Bordeaux tradition using Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon for maximum complexity. The Merlot is sourced from the cool Carneros region, where the extremely long growing season allows this varietal to ripen slowly, developing maximum varietal character and depth of flavor while retaining bright acidity. It has a spicy bouquet of lavender and mint, rich 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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