Schug Merlot


Schug Merlot


BLEND 76% Merlot; 14% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Cabernet Franc VINEYARDS: 53% Ricci; 21% Rancho Salina; 14% Sangiacomo; 7% Atwood; 5% Horne
SUGAR AT HARVEST 24.6 degrees Brix average
FERMENTATION 12 days in stainless steel tanks, pumped over three times daily
AGING / COOPERAGE Aged 24 months in 20% new oak barrels: French, Hungarian, and American
ALCOHOL 14.0% by volume
ACIDITY TA = 0.63 g/100ml; pH = 3.45

This powerful yet elegant Merlot is crafted in the classic Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in California while winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards (1973 to 1983). The grapes were sourced from the Ricci Vineyard and Sangiacomo Vineyards in the Carneros district of southern Sonoma Valley, as well as the Rancho Salina Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. These cooler microclimates provide the longer growing season necessary for Merlot to ripen slowly and develop maximum flavor. 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.


Accolades - 2013 Vintage

Wine & Spirits - 91pts - "This has a rustic charm, its mouthwatering cranberry-bright acidity bringing moisture to the raw, green crunch of its tannins. It’s simple but taut rather than fat, and would make a great partner for roast beef sandwiches." - August 2017

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