Full Review

Schug

Schug
2014 Merlot, Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Schug
2014 Merlot, Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry nectar, blackberry leaf, charcoal briquettes, cocoa-cedar, and white chocolate truffle with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree chocolate shavings and graphite finish with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A softly-styled merlot that hits the palate gently.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cherry nectar, blackberry leaf, charcoal briquettes, cocoa-cedar, and white chocolate truffle
Taste Flavor: chocolate shavings and graphite
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A softly-styled merlot that hits the palate gently.

The Producer

Schug Carneros Estate Winery

The Producer
602 Bonneau Rd
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-939-9363

Their Portfolio

88 Schug 2015 Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
89 Schug 2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $25.00.
91 Schug 2014 Carneros Estate, Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.8% (USA) $45.00.
89 Schug 2013 Heritage Reserve, Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.7% (USA) $40.00.
91 Schug 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
90 Schug 2015 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
93 Schug 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Carneros 14.1% (USA) $45.00.
93 Schug 2015 Heritage Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros 14.5% (USA) $45.00.
87 Schug 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
89 Schug 2016 Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
85 Schug 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $25.00.
87 Schug 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $25.00.
91 Schug 2016 Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
88 Schug 2015 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.8% (USA) $45.00.
88 Schug 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Schug 2014 Heritage Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 14.2% (USA) $60.00.
90 Schug 2014 Merlot, Sonoma Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
85 Schug 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $25.00.
90 Schug 2017 Chardonnay, Carneros 14% (USA) $35.00.
86 Schug 2017 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Carneros 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
88 Schug 2017 Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.8% (USA) $35.00.
92 Schug 2016 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.8% (USA) $50.00.
89 Schug Carneros Estate 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
92 Schug Carneros Estate 2017 Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.8% (USA) $35.00.
90 Schug Carneros Estate 2017 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Carneros 14% (USA) $50.00.
90 Schug Carneros Estate 2016 Sonoma Valley 14% (USA) $38.00.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.