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Schug Merlot Sonoma Valley 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Soft and spicy on the nose with gentle cedary framing notes wrapped around a core of jammy yet tart red fruit, and flecked with tobacco, carob and tea notes. Supple yet bright on the palate with subtle hints of dried herbs and carob laced with tart red cherry and plum fruits. This is elegant and fresh, and very open. The acids are bright but integrated and the tannins really polished and supply lending this a juicy, zesty feel. The backed shows wonderfully transparent red currant fruit that leads to a moderately long, subtle and nuanced finish. Not a powerhouse, this is drinking terrifically today. 89pts

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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 Merlot Sonoma Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/06/2014

Soft and spicy on the nose with gentle cedary framing notes wrapped around a core of jammy yet tart red fruit, and flecked with tobacco, carob and tea notes. Supple yet bright on the palate with subtle hints of dried herbs and carob laced with tart red cherry and plum fruits. This is elegant and fresh, and very open. The acids are bright but integrated and the tannins really polished and supply lending this a juicy, zesty feel. The backed shows wonderfully transparent red currant fruit that leads to a moderately long, subtle and nuanced finish. Not a powerhouse, this is drinking terrifically today. 89pts


Member Reviews for Schug Merlot Sonoma Valley

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Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
1157885634
0.00 5
10/09/2013

This powerful yet elegant Merlot is crafted in the classic Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in California while winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards (1973 to 1983). The Merlot grapes were grown on the Ricci Vineyard and Sangiacomo Vineyard in the Carneros district of southern Sonoma Valley. This cooler microclimate provides the longer growing season necessary for Merlot to ripen slowly and develop maximum flavor. Added complexity comes from a small addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown on the Rancho Salina and Atwood vineyards farther north in Sonoma Valley. It has a spicy bouquet, deep color and exhibits full-bodied flavors of cherry, blackberry and spice. Try it now with grilled fish, pasta, lamb and steaks, or cellar it for 5 to 7 years. ~ The Winery ~


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Majikk
40225450
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 05/01/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.50 5
Vintage: 2002 05/16/2009

Showing very well, with a little age on the nose. Very well balanced, mineral with great plum and bramble fruits still. Lots of secondary aromas - leather and pencil shavings giving it a bright graphite flavor. Finishes on gentle oak and violets.


Snooth User: dmk112
7375033
3.50 5
Vintage: 1998 05/31/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Schug Merlot Sonoma Valley

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Vintage: 2008 02/09/2013

Made in a light, pleasant style, and the drily tannic balance makes it food-friendly. Shows cherry, red currant, cola and oak flavors, with an earthy edge of herbs.


Vintage: 2007 07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Reticient red-cherry fruit might lend a certain varietal edge here


Vintage: 2007 11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Reticient red-cherry fruit might lend a certain varietal edge here, but the wine is always withdrawn and short on both richness and depth. It runs afoul of noticeable bitterness at the finish and makes no promise that beauty will come.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.




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