White Pinot Noir
Ricci Vineyard, Carneros
We made this rare and luscious dry white wine from 100% Pinot Noir. The grapes were hand-harvested at night and gently pressed without any skin contact to preserve the pale color and fresh, delicate flavors of wild strawberries, rhubarb, and white peach. Only the purest, free-run juice was fermented in neutral French oak barrels, enhancing this wine’s mouthwatering texture and vibrant, crisp finish.
Only 5 barrels produced.
Vineyards: 100% Ricci Vineyards
Appellation: 100% Carneros
Harvest and Brix: : August 7th, 2020; 23.4 Brix Average
Fermentation and Aging: 100% barrel fermented in neutral French Oak barrels. Aged “sur-lie” for 5 months in 100% neutral French oak. No malolactic fermentation.
Alcohol and Acidity: 13.5% ABV; TA: 6.3 g/L; pH = 3.47
Release Date: July 1st, 2021
Schug Carneros Estate Winery Releases White Pinot Noir
The historic winery embraces the future with a new take on Pinot Noir, Schug’s first new wine in 12 years
“SONOMA, CA (May 26, 2021) – Adding a new twist to its family’s long history of working with Pinot Noir, Schug Carneros Estate Winery has crafted a 2020 White Pinot Noir. This modern rendition of Pinot Noir comes from a winery that draws on a century of working with the notoriously fickle-but-elegant grape, a history that goes back to an estate in Germany’s Rheingau region originally planted in the 12th century.
“We are honoring my father’s lifelong passion for the noble and historic grape variety and building upon that with an innovative, modern expression of Pinot Noir,” said Claudia Schug, co-owner and Director of Communication and Education, about Schug’s first new wine in a dozen years.
The grapes for the 2020 White Pinot Noir were grown at Ricci Vineyard in Carneros, the source for another rare variety that Schug bottles, the St. Laurent it has produced since 2016. The fruit was hand-harvested at night and gently pressed without any skin contact to preserve the pale color and fresh, delicate flavors of wild strawberries, rhubarb, and white peach.
“We wanted to make something fun and a little bit different that you don’t see very often,” said winemaker Johannes Scheid, who took over production in fall of 2019. “It’s a great summer wine with a bit more texture and mid-palate weight than a rosé.”
The texture and weight of the wine was achieved by fermenting only the purest, free-run juice in neutral French oak barrels, aging the wine for five months sur lie, and twice using the technique of bâtonnage, or lees stirring. Just five barrels were made of this rare and luscious dry white wine that has a mouthwatering texture and vibrant, crisp finish.
The 2020 White Pinot Noir is available through the winery and through a select handful of Schug’s U.S. distribution partners.
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