Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
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.
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.
Four and a half glasses