Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006
2006 represents our finest vintage for Pinot Noir to date, so we have eagerly awaited the release of the Heritage Reserve bottling. The maturity of our own vineyards as well as several new growers we have added over the years has given us an even broader spectrum of individual lots to choose from, for making our top blend. 90 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines! GOLD MEDAL - 2009 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition Available in 750ml, Magnum, Jeroboam, and Rehoboam.
Editorial Reviews for Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve
A rather nice nose of smoky oak, cola, sweet ham, root beer, apple butter, pomegranate and nuanced light tobacco tones. Bigish in the mouth with really nice acids and a touch of tannin but all in balance with a harmonious mouthfeel and layered ripe cherry, mineral, oak, and cola note that turn lean and transparent on the back end finishing nicely with moderately long toasty oak and complex, autumnal dried vegetal notes. The alcohol is a touch obvious on both the nose and the palate but overall presents an attractive array of aged flavors in a restrained, almost elegant package. This is drinking well and will be at it's best 2009-2012 89pts
Spicy nose of black cherries, black pepper, and even a bit of lighter red fruit. The palate is bright, tart, acidic, with bunches of cranberries, oak and leather. Slightly medicinal on the finish, think children's cough syrup or a cherry amaro, which I happen to like... This is a mouth coater and sticks around for quite a while.
Mellow aged red/brown color. Instantly cleared out my nose with its high alcohol content. Very acidic with a subtle dry spiciness on the finish. Not amazed.
A very nice wine. Beautiful earthy, meaty mineral nose - really special. In the mouth its good enough wet wool, barnyard and dirt to keep it interesting, but thats balanced by some very nice spicy glacier cherry and sweet fruit. Very highly recommended
Low key kind of action, a lot of depth and delicacy with a lively spark. Intelligent and respectable. A lot of what this juice brings to the table you haven't had in awhile, if at all. Maple, thanksgiving flavors, but not too Martha Stewart, chocolate, blueberries.
Well balance style of CA pinot. Some briar and cola notes on the nose, but this doesnt mask any of the fairly bright fruit. Some smoke and tobacco is mixed in nicely with red and blue fruits on the palate. Spicy zesty tannins finish it off.
Light, but still reasonably complex with delicate cherry and strawberry flavors. Nice tannins. Though this particular offering from Schug was oaked more than the Sonoma Coast and Carneros pinot noirs that I tasted, it did not create an overpowering or exceedingly full wine, but rather helped to add a subtle complexity. Overall, pretty nice.
External Reviews for Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve
It has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish.
Do you love white peaches? I do. Can’t get enough of them in the summer – they are the epitome of all that is right with California, despite her faults. If you enjoy Chardonnay that eschews the use of new oak and instead puts the fruit on center stage, naked and unabashed, this is your glass of pleasure. The 2006 Schug Carneros Estate Chardonnay comes from the Sonoma Coast appellation, which 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. It was 20 percent oak cask fermented and 80 percent cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks. It was then 20 percent aged “sur-lie” for 5 months in 300 to 600 gallon neutral oak casks. This is old world winemaking from a very old world name in California wine history. This lithe Chardonnay has a wonderful hint of citrus on the nose. It is really easy to drink, beautifully crisp and refreshing in the mouth, and sleek and juicy on the finish. You just get peaches and nectarines forever. I swear I dribbled it on my chin, just like biting into the ripest, most wonderful pure essence of summer peach. A great way to keep summer flowing in your house.
Food Pairings for Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve
A spicy bouquet of roses and cherries greets the nose, with flavors of black cherry, tangy cranberry and brown spices to follow. The long spicy finish is accented by a hint of toasty oak from 16 months aging in French oak barrels. We anticipate this wine will continue to age gracefully in the cellar for up to 10 years.
|Total Acidity: 0.64 grams per liter|