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2009 Schug Carneros Chardonnay

2009 Schug Carneros Chardonnay

92 Points-
Best in Class, Gold Medal- Intl. Wine & Spirits Comp.

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 Chardonnay, which is sourced from chardonnay blocks on their own estate, as well of from nearby quality growers like the Sangiacomo and Ricci Vineyards.  The result is a wonderfully fresh, vibrant, and layered Chardonnay that is priced for everyday drinking.  A perfect wine to buy a case of and enjoy over the coming warm months! (Or here in Northern California, the current unseasonably warm months).

The 2009 Schug Carneros Chardonnay is medium gold in color.  The nose shows aromas of pear, lime, apple pie, and candle wax. The palate is rich and earthy, with flavors of honey, golden delicious apple, and Meyer lemon.  The finish is round and spicy, yet with generous acidity.  This is another classic example of the line that Schug walks between New and Old World, with plenty of richness and fruit flavor delivered in a restrained style that shows wonderfully with food.  While this is definitely value priced, it delivers at a high level, and should delight California Chardonnay drinkers looking for bang for the buck.

Vineyards:  49% Schug Estate; 17% Ricci; 14% Hi-Vista; 10% Cornerstones;
6% Iund ; 4% Sangiacomo
Appellation:  100% Carneros
Harvest Dates:  September 10Th Through October 3Rd, 2009
Sugar At Harvest:  24.1 Degrees Brix Average
Fermentation:  100% Barrel Fermented
Aging / Cooperage:  Aged "Sur-Lie" For 8 Months;
16% New Medium Toast French "Allier" Oak Barrels
Alcohol:  14.5% By Volume
Acidity:  Ta = 0.75 G/100Ml; Ph = 3.40
Production:  3,639 Cases
Release Date:  April 1st, 2011

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The 2008 Spring Mountain Estate Sauvignon Blanc is medium straw in color, with classic Sauvignon Blanc aromas of lime, apple, and fresh cut grass.  The lively, spicy palate shows lemon peel, green apple, key lime, and even a hint of cucumber.  Fermented in neutral French oak, and with 13% Semillon in the final blend, this wine has plenty of body and structure, yet bracing acidity keeps it light and refreshing.  With all of the spicy, herbal elements in this wine it’s a natural match for salad, where the acidity cuts through the olive oil beautifully.  Try it with fennel for an intriguing match, or pair with simply prepared fish with fresh herbs.  This versatile wine is one you will want to be drinking all summer, and with WineHeist pricing, you can!

About The Winery...

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.

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