93 Points - Pinot Report
The 2010 vintage marked the 30th Anniversary for Schug Vineyards, a remarkable achievement for a small, family run winery, and a testament to the quality of the wines. We have been fans of Schug wines for a while, as they offer a nice balance between New and Old World styles, with plenty of California fruit but lovely elegance as well. The 2010 Heritage Reserve is in this tradition, with a perfect balance between fruity and savory flavors.
The 2010 Schug Heritage Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir is light to medium ruby in color, with garnet at the rim. Aromas of cherry, briar, boysenberry, potpourri and pine needle stream from the glass, with spice, cherry, vanilla and raspberry joining in on the palate. Direct and focused, this charming wine carries a streak of acidity and some beautiful red fruit through a pleasantly soft finish.
This is drinking beautifully now, and will age gracefully for another 5-10 years.
VINEYARDS: 42% Iund; 32% Sangiacomo; 18% Estate; 3% Brown; 3% Cornerstone; 2% Vineburg
APPELLATION: 100% Carneros
HARVEST DATES: September 14th through October 14th, 2010
SUGAR AT HARVEST: 24.7 degrees Brix average
FERMENTATION: 7 to 12 days in stainless steel punch-down fermenter, with cap submersion at
6 to 24 hour intervals
AGING / COOPERAGE: 48% aged 16 months in new French oak barrels (Allier and Vosges), and
52% aged 16 months in one to two-year old French oak barrels
ALCOHOL: 14.5% by volume
ACIDITY: TA= 0.64 g/100ml; pH = 3.56
PRODUCTION: 726 cases (12 x 750 ml)
12 cases magnums (6 x 1.5L); 12 x 3 Liter bottles
RELEASE DATE: September 1st, 2013
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.