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Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017

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£33.00

Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a lighter style of Chardonnay from the cool climate Sonoma Coast; only 10% of the wine is aged in oak and so this Chardonnay has a fruity, crisp profile and tastes of apples & pears with a hint of peach

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Wine Style

White Wine, Crisp Light White

Grape Variety

Chardonnay

Wine Region

Sonoma County

Country

USA

ABV

14.0%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Certified Sustainable

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2025

Description

Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 is such a light style of Chardonnay that you might not believe that it is a Californian Chardonnay. This is intentional as the wine producers, Schug Estates, are proud of their German heritage and wanted to move away from the heavy, tropical fruit style of many US Chardonnays. This is also why Schug likes cool climate regions like Sonoma Coast. The cold Pacific Ocean influences the climate and means an extended growing season and that helps complex fruit flavours develop, keeps refreshing acidity high and reins in alcohol levels.  As a result I classify Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 as a crisp light white wine and consider it to be a European-style American Chardonnay.

 

Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 really is a beautiful white wine, a very elegant Chardonnay that somehow combines a light body and a creamy texture. The creaminess is also balanced by refreshing acidity preventing the wine from being too heavy or rich. Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 has aromas and flavours of apples & pears with a hint of peach and some spiciness; there are no signs of oak in the flavours, not a whiff of brioche, vanilla or toast. Only 10% of the wine has been aged in oak and so any oak influence is in the wine’s rounded texture rather than in the flavours which remain predominantly fruity on a lovely long finish.

 

Schug is a wine business with roots in the German wine industry. Walter Schug hails from Rheingau and specialised in Pinot Noir before leaving for America in 1961. He brought his flair for producing elegant wines to California, building up experience working for other estates until setting up his own, Schug Estates. He has been joined in the business by member of the next two generations of his family.

 

 

 

How to Enjoy this Wine

Like many Chardonnays this wine will work well with richer dishes such as foie gras, chicken, ham, pork or veal in creamy sauces, parmesan cheese, mushrooms and truffles. But it is light enough not to overpower lighter dishes such as fish, seafood and chicken. The producer suggests trying it “with aged cheeses such as Gouda or Manchego, or with delicate seafood dishes, soups and pastas.”

 

Serve at: 10 – 14°C

Producer's Notes

“Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is produced with the minimal use of new oak, to allow the bright varietal character to shine through. It was harvested from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, including the cooler microclimates of western Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma Gap. It has a spicy apple aroma with hints of nutmeg and cream. Silky textured, it has delicate flavors of fresh fennel, pear and ripe apple.”

Awards

89 points – Wine Spectator – Jun 2019
“Svelte and finely textured, with flavors of dried apple, pineapple and pear that are well-structured. Notes of roasted pine nut emerge on the spicy finish.”

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