Full Review

Schug

Schug
2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .019%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Schug
2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: .019%
Golden yellow color. Fruity, floral, interesting aromas and flavors of raspberry coulis and blossoms, tropical fruit salad, and praline with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of spiced pineapple with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A very distinctively fruity (raspberries!) Chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: raspberry coulis and blossoms, tropical fruit salad, and praline
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of spiced pineapple
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Duck Rilettes With A Cherry Jelly, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very distinctively fruity (raspberries!) Chardonnay.

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.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.