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Curried Plantain Crusted Shrimp Brochette (Charred scallion and garlic-lemon aioli)
Goat Cheese & Roasted Oyster Mushroom Bruschetta (Micro herbs, balsamic reduction and garlic)
SCHUG crafted the Sonoma Coast 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. It pairs nicely as an elegant aperitif with hors d’oeuvres, or with lighter dishes such as soups, salads, seafood and pasta dishes.
|SCHUG Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2014
Roasted Fall Vegetable & Spinach Salad (Poppy seed vinaigrette, grape tomatoes and spice roasted almonds)
This well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from cooler vineyards in the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The Hi-Vista vineyard in western Carneros and the Grossi vineyard north of Petaluma contribute spice and bright tangy acidity. The Leveroni vineyard south of Sonoma contributes the unique floral character of the Sauvignon "musque" clone, with lush fruit flavors reminiscent of melon, honeysuckle and grapefruit. These flavors are enhanced by the creamy richness of fermentation and aging on the yeast in older (neutral) casks. It finishes with a lively acidity that makes it an ideal accompaniment to a wide range of soups, salads and shellfish dishes.
|SCHUG Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Coast 2015
Black Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin (Bacon braised Brussels sprouts, roasted red pepper and pinot emulsion)
The Schug family set aside the finest barrel lots of their Carneros Pinot Noir for extended aging to create their "Heritage Reserve" Pinot Noir. Each vineyard lot was chosen to express its own individuality in harmony with the final blend. This vintage highlights fruit from three of the Sangiacomo family's best vineyards, including Hillside and El Novillero blocks which adjoin the Schug Estate to the north and west. A bouquet reminiscent of roses, warm cherries and Kirsch liqueur leads to rich flavors of black cherry, cranberry, and hints of lavender, all finishing with hints of tobacco and spicy new oak. This wine is perfect for the collector's cellar, and will continue to age gracefully for up to 10 years.
|SCHUG Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2012
“Twice Cooked” Smoked & Braised Beef Short Rib (Smashed Yukon gold potatoes, cabernet-pan reduction and crispy pearl onions with spiced carrot threads)
This classically structured Merlot is crafted in the Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in California while winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards (1973 to 1983). The Merlot grapes were grown on the Sangiacomo Vineyard in the Carneros district of southern Sonoma Valley. This cooler microclimate provides the longer growing season necessary for Merlot to ripen slowly and develop maximum flavor. Added complexity comes from blending judicious amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown on the Rancho Salina and Horne vineyards farther north in Sonoma Valley. It has a spicy bouquet, deep color and exhibits full-bodied flavors of cherry, blackberry and spice. Try it now with grilled fish, pasta, lamb and steaks, or cellar it for 5 to 7 years.
|SCHUG Merlot Sonoma Valley 2012
Dark Chocolate Covered Blackberry Cheesecake (Brownie chunks, blackberry-pinot emulsion and nutmeg whipped cream)
This classic Carneros region Pinot Noir offers a wide range of flavors and aromas, in the tradition of the finest red Burgundies of France. “Clonal diversity” is achieved by carefully blending several vineyard lots, each retaining its own unique clonal signature in the blend. The result is a complex wine with a rich bouquet of cherries, berries and hints of spicy new oak. It has flavors reminiscent of black cherry, currant and strawberry, followed by a rich, spicy texture and a long silky finish. This wine pairs nicely with lamb, duck, even grilled fish and will improve with additional cellaring for 2 to 5 years.
|SCHUG Pinot Noir Carneros 2014