Schug Pinot Noir 2019, Carneros, California

Vineyards: 49% Schug Estate, 15% Sangiacomo, 22% Iund, 3% Oak Cottage. Fermentation: 10 to 12 days in stainless steel punch-down fermenters, with cap immersion up to 3 times daily. Aging/ Cooperage: 2 months in 800 gallon oak casks (during malo-lactic fermentation) 9 months in medium-toast French oak barrels (20% new) This classic Carneros region Pinot Noir offers a wide range of flavors and aromas, in the tradition of the finest red Burgundies of France. “Clonal diversity” is achieved by carefully blending several vineyard lots, each retaining its own unique clonal signature in the blend. The result is a complex wine with a rich bouquet of red cherries, raspberry and hints of spicy new oak. It has elegant flavors of strawberry and blackberry, followed by a juicy and spicy texture and a long silky finish. This wine pairs nicely with lamb, duck, grilled fish, and will improve with additional cellaring for 2 to 5 years.