Scherrer Vineyard, 2000

$ 60.00

This is a rich and complex expression of Chardonnay from the Scherrer Vineyard. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed to French oak cooperage, where primary and malolactic fermentation occurred. All of these elements were allowed to integrate during its more than yearlong residence in wood. It was bottled without fining or filtration to respect both its delicacy and its more substantial qualities.

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Winemaker's Notes

This is the most hedonistic version of the Chardonnay from Dad’s vineyard. As usual, whole cluster pressing (like with sparkling wine) was stopped at very low juice yields, giving more fine elements and avoiding any coarseness from the skins. With my two manually operated ‘bladder presses’ (please forgive the connotation) this requires valve turning, button pushing, lever turning and scurrying about reminiscent of Dorothy and her associates – first meeting with the man behind the curtain in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ This is important to making high quality Chardonnay (the taking of only the first and finest juice as opposed to the scurrying), and especially critical for grapes from the less cool areas like Alexander Valley. Professionals who have tasted through the cellar consistently remark with surprise as to the finesse, integration, complexity and minerality this benchland Chardonnay possesses. Previous vintages continue to indicate how slowly and gracefully this unfined, unfiltered style of Chardonnay ages.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    The Wine AdvocateDecember 2013

    Revealing more oak in its mineral, leesy, and citrus-dominated personality, the 2000 Scherrer Chardonnay possess medium body and a fleshy texture. It is a complex, Meursault-like effort to enjoy over the next 1-2 years. 89 Points. Robert Parker

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