Full Review

Schug Carneros Estate

Schug Carneros Estate
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$25

Schug Carneros Estate
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of sweet yogurt, lemon curd, and green mango with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-to-long toast with yuzu marmalade, peppercorns, and hint of caraway finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A round and forgiving Sauvignon Blanc with kisses of toasty oak, vibrant exotic citrus, and warming spice; balanced and interesting.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: sweet yogurt, lemon curd, and green mango
Taste Flavor: toast with yuzu marmalade, peppercorns, and hint of caraway
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A round and forgiving Sauvignon Blanc with kisses of toasty oak, vibrant exotic citrus, and warming spice; balanced and interesting.

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.

Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.