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Wine Recommendation

Schug Carneros Estate Winery 2005 Chardonnay Heritage Reserve  (Carneros)

Schug Carneros Estate Winery

2005 Chardonnay Heritage Reserve
(Carneros ~ Los Carneros)

Schug’s Heritage Reserve wines were developed to showcase the “best barrels of the vintage.” They blend only the “most complex fruit” from individually selected vineyards, claiming that each personally selected component contributes a signature quality to the blend. After hearing these bold statements, expectations were quite lofty for the 2005 Schug Heritage Reserve Chardonnay; and every one of those expectations were pleasantly met!

This is a true Reserve wine- showing class, nuance and beautiful balance. The quintessential dinner party wine, it will wow your guests on its own but step aside to brilliantly complement your food. It opens with an enticing nose of fresh stone fruit, pear and lemon all complemented by an underlying toastiness. Don’t worry however, if you are not the oaked Chardonnay type, the oak on the nose is as aggressive as it gets. As soon as the wine hits your palate you are delighted with zesty citrus, pineapple and crisp green apple. Dazzling, “complex” Carneros fruit is the backbone of this chardonnay. The balance is so well done, like us, you may finish the bottle before you come up with your own tasting notes!

Reviewed August 23, 2007 by Tasting Panel.


Other Awards & Accolades

92 points -- Wine & Spirits magazine
90 points -- Wine Enthusiast magazine

The Wine

Winery: Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Chardonnay Heritage Reserve
Appellation: Carneros ~ Los Carneros
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $30.00

Review Date: 8/23/2007

The Reviewer

Tasting Panel

The combined experience and diverse palates of our editorial and reviewing staff. We are ever on the lookout for notable examples of wines of regional character to offer as a collective recommendation to our readers.