Cabernet Sauvignon
Scherrer Vineyard, 2009

$ 140.00

This is a unique and exotic expression of Alexander Valley benchland Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged in small French oak cooperage for about thirty months, with infrequent racking. Bottled without fining or filtration to respect the expression of the site, this 100% varietal wine enjoys both a youthful suppleness and the structure necessary for lengthy storage.

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Winemaker's Notes

I am really pleased with the expression of this variety on my Dad’s vineyard. Planting this was one of his best ideas. This vintage is right in the middle of what I call ‘the substantial three’ — 2008, 2009 and 2010 which each gave us good generosity for younger–term enjoyment while still having balance for beautiful long term bottle development. Having vintages of this going back to 1997, I am delighted to see the proof that we are on track for really showing what Cab can do when short–term rewards are not the primary concern. That’s doing it ‘our’ kind of right.

The aromas remind me of having a slice of both blackberry pie and mincemeat pie next to each other on the same plate after having just tilled the garden. Fruity, spicy, toasty aromas mingle with the sweet loamy earth in the background. There is a little bit of cassis on top as well to pull things upward. The theme here is about darker toned broodiness that 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines usually possess. The flavors follow the aromas (without the sweetness of the pies) and there is a broad texture and flashiness that hangs off its amply–structured frame. Appropriate acidity brings the wine to a nice, juicy mouth–watering finish with great persistence.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    The Wine AdvocateApril 2013

    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Scherrer Vineyard is pure silk on the palate. this is one of the rare Scherrer Cabernets where the fruit is very much front and center. Dark raspberries, mint, crushed flowers and tobacco are all woven together nicely in the glass. There is a lot to like in the 2009. Sweet, floral notes add lift on the finish. 92 points. Antonio Galloni

  2. Judi Scherrer

    VinousFebruary 2014

    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Scherrer Vineyard is even better today than it was last year. Dark red cherry, plum, licorice, wild flowers and savory herbs form a core of huge fruit as the wine opens up in the glass. A deep, rich wine, the 2009 is hugely appealing today, but it also clearly has the stuffing to drink well for a number of years. Mocha, violets and sweet herbs linger on a powerful finish supported by grippy tannins. 93 points. Antonio Galloni

  3. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineMay 2014

    Medium-dark ruby color; attractive, deep, complex, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis and dried herbs; full body; rich, plush, extracted, currant and dark fruit flavors with good depth and complementing oak; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Released last year, this wine is very appealing to drink now while still showing good aging potential. Very highly recommended. My score 91. Nick Ponomareff

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