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Schug Pinot Noir 2007

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"Our Sonoma Coast designation draws upon some new vineyard sources, including Russian River that allow our winemaker added flexibility in creating blends of greater depth and complexity. Its vibrant flavors, reminiscent of raspberry and cherry, make it an ideal accompaniment to grilled fish and fowl, or barbecued meats. Similar in style to its predecessor the Sonoma Valley, this wine represents a tremendous value for everyday drinking." - Winemaker NotesCheese Pairings: Brie, Camembert, SwissFood Pairings: Roasted Chicken, Lamb Marsala, Salmon

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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 Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,054
3.50 5
02/23/2009

A bit reticent on the nose yet an interesting blend of sweat,dried leather, spicy herbs and gently strawberry fruits. In the mouth this is simple yet bright and fresh with a nice meaty note to the cherry fruit and a nice gentle yet lengthy finish. A picnic styled Pinot yet with with a touch of complexity finishing with hints of cinnamon and bubble gum. Drink 20019-2011 89pts

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    Snooth User: ekw590
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    0.00 5
    02/19/2009

    The nose has a pronounced pear-vanilla note but this does not follow thru to the flavors of sweet cherry while mouth-feel offers chewy tannins and light acidity. At $20 I'll pass.


    Snooth User: brooklynwino
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    2.00 5
    02/22/2009

    Pale cherry fruit and a touch of poop on the nose along with some mineral rich soil. Tangy, spicy and a touch bitter with decent acidity, but no fruit left.


    Snooth User: Pyrifera
    564071,107
    1.00 5
    08/02/2009

    I really wanted to like this. But, I found it to be too light, too watery, and very green. I tasted an off-putting and not subtle bell pepper flavor that seemed to overpower the hints of red fruit and oak.


    Snooth User: bublee
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    1.50 5
    01/16/2011

    Must decant. The first glass straight out of the bottle had a really nasty funk on the nose. After decanting, the funk decreases and the strawberries come out. On the palette, silky, light, surprisingly sweet off the bat; followed by sour cherries/cranberries. For this flavor profile at this price, I'd opt for the 2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon beaujolais. Different varietal, but the Morgon is oh so much better.

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    External Reviews for Schug Pinot Noir

    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    Lighter than the Schug Carneros, the Sonoma Pinot is nevertheless full of flavor, loaded with cherry and raspberry fruit, with a hint of oak and spice. Perfectly pleasing for Pinot neophytes as well as connoisseurs, and pairs nicely with grilled salmon or roast duck.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    Schug has three new Pinots out. This is the highest and easiest. It's pale, delicate and silky, with easy cherry, cola, vanilla and spice flavors. Your basic Pinot for beginners.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    05/18/2011

    Schug's regular Pinot, as opposed to their Heritage Reserve, is a dependably village-style expression of easy-drinking, cool-climate Pinot Noir. The '06, like previous vintages, shows a silky, delicate texture framing cherry, raspberry and cola flavors, with a smoky vanilla edge of oak.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    09/27/2011

    Lively and gentle, this wine carries the cool scent of woodland herbs and coastal forests. It gains fullness with air, along with lasting sweet cherry flavor. The light weight and fresh seaweed notes make it a good match for roast King salmon.



    "Our Sonoma Coast designation draws upon some new vineyard sources, including Russian River that allow our winemaker added flexibility in creating blends of greater depth and complexity. Its vibrant flavors, reminiscent of raspberry and cherry, make it an ideal accompaniment to grilled fish and fowl, or barbecued meats. Similar in style to its predecessor the Sonoma Valley, this wine represents a tremendous value for everyday drinking." - Winemaker NotesCheese Pairings: Brie, Camembert, SwissFood Pairings: Roasted Chicken, Lamb Marsala, Salmon

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