Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
Vineyard sources: 40% Stage Gulch; 31% Ricci; 7% Schug Estate; 5% Vineburg; 5% Sangiacomo; 3% La Prenda; 9% other. Fermented in stainless steel tank with pump over 2-4 times daily, followed by malolactic fermentation in neutral casks. Aged in 300 to 1100 gallon neutral oak casks, stainless steel, and neutral 60 gallon French oak barrels. The microclimates of the Sonoma Coast AVA include the western portion of Carneros and the Petaluma Gap. The cool climate and low yield of these vineyards allow Pinot Noir grapes to mature slowly while retaining their natural acidity, resulting in a balanced wine with ripe flavours, silky texture and crisp acidity. Aged primarily in large oak casks and “neutral” older barrels, this wine exhibits flavours of cherries, strawberries and spice, with a lively finish.