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Wine of the Week - 2009 Schug Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

SOLD OUT! Founded in 1980, Schug Winery is admirably run by Walter and Gertrud Schug. The estate specializes in cool climate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, and their 2009 Pinot Noir rendition is absolutely delicious.

Walter enjoys a long track record of producing delicious and award winning wines going back to the late 1970’s when he made California’s first Bordeaux inspired proprietary blend, Joselph Phelps Insignia.

2009 Schug Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Lovely, harmonious, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir


The grapes for this wine come from the family’s vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA, including the western portion of Carneros and the Petaluma Gap. The cool climate and low yield of these vineyards allow Pinot Noir grapes to mature slowly while retaining their natural acidity, resulting in a balanced wine with ripe flavors, silky texture and crisp acidity.

Bursting with ripe red fruits including cherry, strawberry and pomegranate, the wine finishes with a touch of nicely integrated toasty oak, spices and herbs. It is a fine effort from a fine vintage from a veteran producer, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville