Walter Schug certainly knows his way around a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. This experience and knowledge shows in his own Sonoma Valley Cabernet, which displays remarkable purity, balance, and complexity. Sourced from top growers in the relatively warm Sonoma Valley, this Cabernet is similar in style to the classic Cabernets of Napa Valley, at a price seldom seen in Napa.
As we develop deeper relationships with high quality producers on California who are turning out great wines at great prices, certain wineries jump out as consistently delivering incredible value across a range of wines. One of these is certainly Schug Estate, where Walter Schug and Michael Cox continue to turn out stellar wines across a range of prices. We have offered multiple vintages of their reserve wines, which are deep, complex wines (at a correspondingly higher price). Today instead we are offering Schug's Carneros Cabernet, which is sourced from top growers in the relatively warm Sonoma Valley area, this Cabernet is similar in style to the classic Cabernets of Napa Valley, at a price seldom seen in Napa.
The 2006 Schug "Heritage Reserve" Cabernet is the top Bordeaux produced each year at this iconic Sonoma winery. Medium garnet in color, the nose shows cherry, leather, tobacco, cranberry compote, and a hint of spice. The palate shows beautifully resolved tannin, with medium bodied cherry and plum flavors giving way to a peppery, spicy finish. Wonderfully balanced, and still youthful at 8 years. This wine is in its prime drinking window now, and shows every sign of staying there for several years to come. Cab lovers should not miss out on this beauty.
BLEND: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon (Rancho Salina and Horne Vineyard)
22% Merlot (Rancho Salina Vineyard and Ricci Vineyard)
2% Cabernet Franc (Rancho Salina Vineyards)
APPELLATION: 100% Sonoma Valley
HARVEST DATES: September 28th through October 27th, 2006
SUGAR AT HARVEST: 24.9 degrees Brix average
FERMENTATION: Up to 12 days in stainless steel rotary fermenter and punch down tanks
AGING / COOPERAGE: 70% in 1 to 3 year old French and American oak barrels;
30% aged in new French oak barrels
ALCOHOL: 14.5% by volume
ACIDITY: TA = 0.57 g/100ml; pH =3.54
PRODUCTION: 400 cases (12 x 750ml); 8 cases (6 x 1.5L); 12 x 3L; 6 x 6L
RELEASE DATE: April 1st, 2011
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 (Backus 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.
Learn more at www.schugwinery.com.