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Schug Rouge de Noirs Brut 2018

  • TP94
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750ML / 12% ABV
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750ML / 12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The cuvée of 100% Pinot Noir achieves its color and intense palate through a 3-day cold soak of juice and skins. Only the free-run juice is cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks, followed by a second fermentation in bottle, or méthode traditionelle - the same as in Champagne. The dosage is kept to a minimum to allow the vibrant characteristics of Pinot Noir to shine through. Pairs well with toned-down Asian flavors, smoked seafood, lighter pates, sweeter herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, medium-weight cheeses (including milder blues). Also nice with classic Manchego cheese and quince paste.

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This is a single vineyard Pinot Noir that went through secondary fermentation, spending 24 months on tirage (on the yeast). The saignée method results in a fuschia-hued liquid. Rose petals and jasmine highlight red cherry, along with red tea, basil, and brush. Beautifully balanced.
WW 93
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COMMENTARY: The 2018 Schug Rouge de Noirs is a beautiful and dramatic sparkling wine. TASTING NOTES: This wine shines with aromas and flavors of fresh strawberries and a hint of minerality. Serve it with fresh salmon and avocado handrolls. (Tasted: June 17, 2022, San Francisco, CA)
W&S 90
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Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California's most celebrated winemakers. Walter Schug's reputation blossomed during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, where he made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend (Insignia) and legendary vineyard designated Cabernets (Backus and Eisele Vineyards).

Drawing on his long experience in the production of fine wines in both Europe and California, Walter set up his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart.

Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics.

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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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