Schug Pinot Noir 2020, Sonoma Coast, California

The microclimates of the Sonoma Coast AVA include the western portion of Carneros and the Petaluma Gap. The cool, windy 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. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with pump overs 2-4 times daily, followed by malolactic fermentation in neutral casks. Aged primarily in large oak casks and ‘neutral’ older barrels, this wine exhibits flavors of cherries, strawberries and spice, with a lively finish.