Carneros Estate



    Bottle size: 750 ml,

    In stock

    Schug Carneros Estate was founded by Walter Schug in 1983, bringing a somewhat European vision to Sonoma. Walter was born in Germany in 1935 and raised in the grounds of the Staatsweingut Assmanshausen, one of Germany’s top Pinot Noir estates which his father managed. He attended the famous German Wine Institute in Geisenheim where he gained a degree in viticulture and enology in 1959. And then, invited on a one year internship at the California Grape Products Corporation in Delano he travelled to California, never to return.In 1966 he was employed by Gallo and in 1972 became chief winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards.

    Walter left Phelps in 1983 to set up his own label. His work with Carneros growers whilst at Gallo and Phelps had already convinced him that this region was capable of producing top class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, so this is where he founded Schug Carneros Estate.

    Schug is now run by the next generation of the family with Walter’s son, Axel running the winery and various siblings involved in other capacities (his sister Claudia looks after European exports). However one suspects that Walter keeps a beady eye on the affairs of the winery and its vineyards.

    In The Cellar
    Each lot was fermented separately and aged on the lees (“sur-lie”) in small French Oak barrels, with judicious new oak introduced.

    In The Vineyard
    This Chardonnay features grapes sourced primarily from the Ricci Vineyard and our Estate vineyard, with additional barrels from the Wildcat Mountain and Sangiacomo vineyards that underwent traditional European winemaking practices.
    The wine showcases intense aromas of lemon, white flowers, and nectarine. On the palate, the texture is rich in tropical and stone fruit flavors and a light minerality leading to a refreshing and mouthwatering finish. Well-balanced acidity gives it a crisp, clean finish.