Full Review

Schug Carneros Estate

Schug Carneros Estate
2016 Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$38
Cellar Selection

Schug Carneros Estate
2016 Sonoma Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Black ruby color. Aromas of red cassis, boysenberry, strawberry, black tea, and bay with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length cedar and tart cherry finish with moderate oak flavor. A vibrant, buoyant Sonoma Cabernet with great aging potential.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: red cassis, boysenberry, strawberry, black tea, and bay
Taste Flavor: cedar and tart cherry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant, buoyant Sonoma Cabernet with great aging potential.

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.