Pinot Noir

Estate Grown


Winemaker’s Notes

The Schug Estate vineyard sits at the base of a high ridge on the windy western edge of the Carneros AVA in Sonoma County. This bottling highlights several clones of Pinot Noir grown on individual blocks, each vinified and aged separately. The weighty meatiness and smokiness of the Pommard clones in Block 8 (planted in 1989) and Block 9 (2003) is enhanced by the fruity exuberance of the Dijon clones in Block 10 (1997). A small portion of Block 4’s (1994) Martini clone rounds out the wine with a touch of soft ripe fruit. Strong afternoon winds affect these sites, resulting in small berries and slower ripening with great concentration of aroma and flavor. A bouquet reminiscent of roses, ripe cherries and a meaty smokiness lead to savory flavors of black cherry and plum, finishing with hints of tobacco and spicy new oak. This wine is perfect for the collector’s cellar, and will continue to age gracefully for a decade or more.

From the critics

Awards & Recognition


“Aromas of red cherry, ripe strawberry, ground nutmeg and wet earth. Medium-to full-bodied with soft tannins. Bright acidity and minerality drives the palate, with nicely ripe red fruit and toasted herbs. A savory mushroom note comes through as well. Lovely.”

James Suckling,
2019 Vintage


“A very rich, concentrated, and supple Pinot Noir”

James Suckling,
2016 Vintage

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