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Professional Ratings: 88 Wine Enthusiast, 88 International Wine Cellar
Region: Sonoma County, California
Style: Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 120256
Schug crafted this Chardonnay from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, including the microclimates of western Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma Gap. Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish. Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d'oeuvres, or with lighter dishes such as soups, salads, seafood and pasta dishes.
There are lots of pineapple, peach and buttered toast flavors in this opulent wine, brightened by crisp acidity. It has a purity of fruit that makes it attractive.
Light, bright gold. Dried pear, melon and beeswax on the pungent nose. Fleshy but dry, with chewy texture to its orchard fruit flavors. A note of lemon pith adds bitterness and grip to the firm, focused finish. In an uncompromising style that I like.