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Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009

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We crafted this Chardonnay from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, including the microclimates of western Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma Gap. Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish.

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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 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,178
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 03/17/2014

Fresh and subtle on the nose with vague floral background notes layered under a core of pineapple and peach fruits. There’s a hint of wood here as well adding a gentle nuance of spice. Clean and bright on entry, this is a bit firm today but shows some mineral notes and a light sweet edge to the apple peel, lemon pith and pineapple flavors that catch a peachy glow on the backend and through the long, mineral laden finish. Richly flavored but with a certain delicacy to it, this shows fine depth on the palate and complex fruit and savory flavors. Old world style, new world fruit. 90pts


Member Reviews for Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,178
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 03/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,913
2.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/26/2013

Decent Sonoma Coast Chardonnay that is citrus fruit driven with a hefty amount of acidity. Tastes like there's little to no oak and little to no malo, so it's a bit angular, could use a bit of roundness to balance it out.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,950
3.50 5
08/17/2012

The pure expression of the Schug Chardonnay has always impressed; this wine is a quintessentially clean California white with all the stewed honey and white fruit that seems to enter the nostrils from this neck of the woods. Not a French wine, but who cares? On the palate, there is just a touch of acerbity but plenty of smooth, spring-like cleanliness on the palate - something like a good bottled water infused with cooked apple. Excellent value and to be emulated. 89 points.


Snooth User: hmnapa10
60993157
4.50 5
09/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: wine evangelist
9523438
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/02/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Vintage: 2007 07/05/2011

"Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Lightly leesy with touches of caramel and vanilla sitting to the side of its central message of green-apple fruit


Vintage: 2007 11/12/2010

Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Lightly leesy with touches of caramel and vanilla sitting to the side of its central message of green-apple fruit, this energetic medium-weighted effort goes for brightness rather than brawn. Although not an especially big wine, it shows a fine sense of concentration, and, if just a bit hard and edging a little to tartness at the finish, it will serve as a useful partner to any number of simply broiled fish preparations.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 09/27/2011

Offers a mix of ripe apple and pear fruit, with touches of citrus, giving this a tangy vibrancy and a long, clean finish. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 09/27/2011

Fresh and flinty, this is medium-bodied, with Key lime, citrus and green apple flavors that have lively acidity. Drink now through 2011.



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We crafted this Chardonnay from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, including the microclimates of western Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma Gap. Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish.

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