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You would be forgiven for thinking this Chardonnay was European as it is not produced in a heavy, tropical fruit style as some US Chardonnays are. This is intentional as Schug Estates is proud of its German heritage.
The wine has aromas and flavours of apples & pears with a creamy finish. This creaminess is balanced by refreshing acidity preventing the wine from being too heavy or rich. In fact it's quite light in style and very elegant.
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."
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."
Lighter style of American Chardonnay from cool climate Sonoma Coast AVA; only 10% is aged in oak and that is used oak so this wine is fruity - principally apples & pears. Lovely silky texture too.