Much to the delight of those who have asked for more of this bottling in the past, we were able to keep a somewhat larger portion of this part of the Scherrer Vineyard for ourselves. It is on a soil somewhat higher in clay than the section that makes up our Scherrer Vineyard designate and it is planted with a different rootstock. These two underground differences are significant and point them toward separate bottlings. This vineyard section, on 140 Ruggieri rootstock, gives more red fruits and relies more on acidity and less on tannin for its structure.
Red cherries, herbal, cassis, dill, freshly tilled loam make up the initial aromas. The more time in the glass, the more the red cherry comes through the mix. At this early stage of life, both the moderate tannic structure and life-giving acidity act as equivalent partners upholding the ‘angles’ side of things. It is a beautiful wine that I think really showcases the beauty of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I have recently shown it to visitors, and they have all remarked on how refreshing it is.