Berserker Day – Jan 2024

Wine Berserker Day #15

We are back for our fifth Berserker day. Here are different ways to study what we are doing across various varieties, sites and vintages. Special Berserker Day pricing of 20% off will go into effect on these select 3 and 6-packs.

Welcome to Scherrer flight. See six different bottlings to get a taste for our style and reach. This is less than ½ of the wines we make, though it is a good introduction with vintages that are all in their happy places and will hit all the notes.

Helfer Vineyard is a tiny vineyard just across the street from Kistler.  It is a magical Chardonnay neighborhood, where the white, sandy version of goldridge soil lies. This 1 acre site produces a very small production and extremely limited availability wine. While it rich and complex, it has good balancing acidity.

Another back by popular demand: Zinfandel was where I started and had to include our ‘Old & Mature’ Vines bottling made from the Old Vines my grandfather planted in 1912 and ‘mature’ vines I helped my Father and Grandfather plant in the 1970s. While I had actually experimented with a more heady style years ago on a trial basis (2005-2007 Special Cuvee), this is a site that I think really expresses its best facets with an elegant perspective. I selected a short vertical of the three newest vintages we have in a meaningful quantity in case someone is compelled to come back to the well.

Syrah has been another focus of ours for many years – here is a brief study in Sonoma County Syrah: from ‘pretty’ to ‘pretty profound’. This is a great way to see the different facets of this lovely and versatile grape.

Pinot Noir is the main varietal we produce. Back by popular demand is an updated study in vineyard sites we call the Sonoma Pinot Noir Grand-Triple-Play: Compare bottlings from the 2018 and 2019 vintages and three great but different corners of Sonoma County AVA’s: Platt from the Southern Sonoma Coast, Gunsalus from the Green Valley of Russian River Valley and ‘High Slopes’ representing the southernmost tip of the Russian River Valley where it begins to morph into a ‘coastal’ vibe.

Study in 2020: Not all wines in the vintage were messed up. See for yourself. These could be quite instructive to throw in a blind tasting of mixed vintages: Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir from three different parts of Sonoma County.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at (707) 823-8980 or email