Schug Pinot Noir Carneros 19
The Carneros region has been a Pinot Noir hotspot since the 1970s when it was deemed a pioneering location for the grape. Most wine lovers consider the area a benchmark for classic West Coast Pinot Noir.
The mild fog and sandy soils in Carneros are ideal for growing Pinot Noir, producing wines with classic layered aromas and notes of cherry, red berry, spice, forest floor, and cola.
Schug Carneros Estate Winery, founded in 1980, is the showcase and lifelong goal of one of California's most recognized winemakers. Walter Schug's fame grew during his time as the founding winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, when he created Insignia, California's first unique Bordeaux-style blend. He was also among the first to produce vineyard-designated Cabernets, notable Backus and Eisele Vineyards.
Walter established his own winery in the chilly maritime environment of the Carneros Appellation with his wife, Gertrud, drawing on his extensive expertise in the production of outstanding wines in both Europe and California. With the birth of Schug Winery, he could concentrate on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties he loved most: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Schug has always been one of my favorite Pinot Noir producers on the West Coast. With a blend of old-world wisdom, tradition, and cutting-edge winemaking technology, they produce stunning wines that celebrate West Coast terroir in a Burgundian style.
If you like your West Coast Pinot Noir with a nod to Burgundy, this one is for you! In your glass, this velvety Pinot opens with aromas of earthy cherry and forest berry, leading to a smooth and silky palate of cherry, strawberry, and cranberry. This wine's texture is absolutely gorgeous, the juicy finish is perfectly dry, and the tannins are super-smooth.
Pair with roasted chicken, game birds, pork tenderloin, lamb loin chops, and grilled salmon.