Schug Merlot Carneros Heritage Reserve 2002
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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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”.