91pts Tasting Panel
White-peppered cherries and clove-dotted cedar make their mark on the nose and palate as sweet tobacco and wild raspberry go hand in hand with tip-top acidity. As this lovely wine opens up, aromas and flavors of forest floor emerge on a brambly finish tinged with cherry cola. The result is poised and delicious.
90pts James Suckling
Attractive, bright aromas of oranges and pomegranate here with a briary layer of cherries and leaves. The palate has a sturdy frame of rich tannin and earthy, dark-cherry and berry flavors. Drink now.
90pts Wilfred Wong
The Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is on target as an excellent example of a stylish and well-balanced wine. This wine exhibits a pleasing balance. Its elegant aromas and flavors of red fruit and dried herbs should pair well with an oven-baked, rosemary-accented chicken.
The microclimates of the Sonoma Coast AVA include the western portion of Carneros and the Petaluma Gap. The cool 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. Aged primarily in large oak casks and “neutral” older barrels, this wine exhibits flavors of cherries, strawberries and spice, with a lively finish that is an ideal accompaniment to grilled fish and fowl or barbecued meats.