2013 Schug Chardonnay

2013 Schug Chardonnay

Sonoma County, California

"Immensely appealing..."

$15.99
Retail Price
$25.00
Savings
36%



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VARIETAL: Chardonnay

ALCOHOL: 13.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

92 Insider Points

Reviews:

Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d'oeuvres, or with lighter dishes such as soups, salads, seafood and pasta dishes.

The 2013 Sonoma County Chardonnay from Schug is classic, expressive and immensely appealing.  Expect golden apple, pear, honeysuckle, lemon and hints of other tropical fruit with a relaxed palate. balanced acidity and juicy finish.  A delicious bottle of wine that is sure to please all summer long.  Enjoy now through 2019. - DZ Jun 2016

Why We're Drinking It:

Only available to Members, this limited-edition white is the perfect blend of cool and crisp coastal Chardonnay with the added appeal of warmer, riper inland fruit to create an enticing summer sipper found no place else but here.

“Schug wines are well made and cool climate in character, sourced from the Sonoma Coast and Carneros,” writes the International Wine Report. This one is a combination of two appellations—with the lion’s share coming from Schug’s estate vineyards on the chilly slopes of the Sonoma Coast AVA. It opens with a brisk yet buttery lemon tart note on the nose with a palate of creamy tropical fruit and sweet melon, ending with moderate oak and citrus, the last character making this a great choice with foods from rich pasta dishes and cheeses to light seafood dishes.

Owner Walter Schug is considered one of founding fathers of the California wine industry and was responsible for some of the state’s most glorious wines while at Joseph Phelps in the 1970s. Schug passed away last year, but this Chardonnay—made while he was still at the winery—is a testament to his legacy and his talent. Free Shipping on 6+ bottles

Reasons why we love it:

The 2013 vintage will go down as one of the finest in the Sonoma Coast, with an early bud break in the vineyards followed by a summer of consistently warm (though foggy) days without damaging heat spikes. After the cooler than average vintages of 2011 and 2012, this year offered high yields and consistently high quality grapes.

Taking the family-owned idea to the max, Schug winery is now on its third generation of the Schug family following the death of patriarch Walter Schug in 2015.

The 2013 Sonoma Coast version of this wine received a 90 points score and an Editors’ Choice designation from the Wine Enthusiast, which wrote: “Wet stone and a chalky underbelly of crisp, clean and low-oaked fruit entices in this food-friendly wine, elegant in lemon, lime and green apple. Juicy and well-rounded, it’s an easily enjoyable wine at a fair price that will please a range of palates.”

Schug Estate Winery was founded by Walter Schug, one of Sonoma’s most illustrious winemakers. As the founding oenologist for Joseph Phelps in the 1970s—where he catapulted both the winery and the state of California into the limelight. While Bordeaux varieties were the center of attention at Phelps, Schug’s true love were Burgundian varietals, so establishing his one winery in cool Carneros was a natural choice.

Tasting Notes:

Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish.

The Story to Know:

Walter Schug was intimately familiar with the Carneros region, and its potential as world-class wine country, long before he staked his reputation on it. In the 1960’s he worked with Carneros grapegrowers as Gallo’s Head of Grower Relations. In the 1970’s and 1980’s he produced wine from Carneros as winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. In 1983, Walter’s commitment to the young region’s potential was fully demonstrated when he left Phelps to pursue his own vision of Pinot Noir, using Carneros as the foundation for his own brand.

Today Walter’s vision is in full view of wine lovers located across the globe. Schug Carneros Estate produces 25,000 cases of wine annually, the majority of which is Carneros-grown Pinot Noir from the estate and other select vineyards in the region. The winery is designed in a “post and beam” architectural style that harkens back to Walter and Gertrud Schug’s German roots, and its 5,000 square feet of underground caves lie beneath a knoll on the Sonoma side of the Carneros appellation. Here the Schug team pursues its goal of producing wines that respect and reflect the terroir of Carneros.

The Schug brand was founded in 1980, and from the beginning was based on producing Pinot Noir. Though he received worldwide recognition at Phelps for the Eisele Vineyard Cabernets, the groundbreaking “Insignia” Cabernet blend, acclaimed late harvest Rieslings and California’s first Syrah, Walter also made Pinot Noir from the Heinemann Mountain Vineyard in Napa Valley. Having grown up on the German Pinot Noir estate of Assmannshausen where his father was the winemaker, Walter’s love of the grape came early on. When Phelps dropped Pinot Noir from the portfolio in 1980, Walter bought the grapes himself and started his own brand. Three years later he left Phelps to pursue his love of Pinot Noir.

Only available to Members, this limited-edition white is the perfect blend of cool and crisp coastal Chardonnay with the added appeal of warmer, riper inland fruit to create an enticing summer sipper found no place else but here.

“Schug wines are well made and cool climate in character, sourced from the Sonoma Coast and Carneros,” writes the International Wine Report. This one is a combination of two appellations—with the lion’s share coming from Schug’s estate vineyards on the chilly slopes of the Sonoma Coast AVA. It opens with a brisk yet buttery lemon tart note on the nose with a palate of creamy tropical fruit and sweet melon, ending with moderate oak and citrus, the last character making this a great choice with foods from rich pasta dishes and cheeses to light seafood dishes.

Owner Walter Schug is considered one of founding fathers of the California wine industry and was responsible for some of the state’s most glorious wines while at Joseph Phelps in the 1970s. Schug passed away last year, but this Chardonnay—made while he was still at the winery—is a testament to his legacy and his talent. Free Shipping on 6+ bottles

Reasons why we love it:

The 2013 vintage will go down as one of the finest in the Sonoma Coast, with an early bud break in the vineyards followed by a summer of consistently warm (though foggy) days without damaging heat spikes. After the cooler than average vintages of 2011 and 2012, this year offered high yields and consistently high quality grapes.

Taking the family-owned idea to the max, Schug winery is now on its third generation of the Schug family following the death of patriarch Walter Schug in 2015.

The 2013 Sonoma Coast version of this wine received a 90 points score and an Editors’ Choice designation from the Wine Enthusiast, which wrote: “Wet stone and a chalky underbelly of crisp, clean and low-oaked fruit entices in this food-friendly wine, elegant in lemon, lime and green apple. Juicy and well-rounded, it’s an easily enjoyable wine at a fair price that will please a range of palates.”

Schug Estate Winery was founded by Walter Schug, one of Sonoma’s most illustrious winemakers. As the founding oenologist for Joseph Phelps in the 1970s—where he catapulted both the winery and the state of California into the limelight. While Bordeaux varieties were the center of attention at Phelps, Schug’s true love were Burgundian varietals, so establishing his one winery in cool Carneros was a natural choice.

Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d'oeuvres, or with lighter dishes such as soups, salads, seafood and pasta dishes.

The 2013 Sonoma County Chardonnay from Schug is classic, expressive and immensely appealing.  Expect golden apple, pear, honeysuckle, lemon and hints of other tropical fruit with a relaxed palate. balanced acidity and juicy finish.  A delicious bottle of wine that is sure to please all summer long.  Enjoy now through 2019. - DZ Jun 2016

92 Insider Points

Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish.

Walter Schug was intimately familiar with the Carneros region, and its potential as world-class wine country, long before he staked his reputation on it. In the 1960’s he worked with Carneros grapegrowers as Gallo’s Head of Grower Relations. In the 1970’s and 1980’s he produced wine from Carneros as winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. In 1983, Walter’s commitment to the young region’s potential was fully demonstrated when he left Phelps to pursue his own vision of Pinot Noir, using Carneros as the foundation for his own brand.

Today Walter’s vision is in full view of wine lovers located across the globe. Schug Carneros Estate produces 25,000 cases of wine annually, the majority of which is Carneros-grown Pinot Noir from the estate and other select vineyards in the region. The winery is designed in a “post and beam” architectural style that harkens back to Walter and Gertrud Schug’s German roots, and its 5,000 square feet of underground caves lie beneath a knoll on the Sonoma side of the Carneros appellation. Here the Schug team pursues its goal of producing wines that respect and reflect the terroir of Carneros.

The Schug brand was founded in 1980, and from the beginning was based on producing Pinot Noir. Though he received worldwide recognition at Phelps for the Eisele Vineyard Cabernets, the groundbreaking “Insignia” Cabernet blend, acclaimed late harvest Rieslings and California’s first Syrah, Walter also made Pinot Noir from the Heinemann Mountain Vineyard in Napa Valley. Having grown up on the German Pinot Noir estate of Assmannshausen where his father was the winemaker, Walter’s love of the grape came early on. When Phelps dropped Pinot Noir from the portfolio in 1980, Walter bought the grapes himself and started his own brand. Three years later he left Phelps to pursue his love of Pinot Noir.