Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, 2006

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Pinot Noir from Sonoma County varies in its expression according to where it is grown. This wine exhibits the sassafras character of coastal Pinot Noirs, as well as the cola of those from the area between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. Moderately structured, it has a central core of red fruits and lightly toasty oak that anchor these coastal and inland elements. It should be at its best two to six years after the vintage.

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The first of our 2006 Pinot Noirs to be released, it is the most forward and initially showy. This vintage surprised many of us with sometimes excessive yields and botrytis pressure which, necessitated strict sorting before the destemmer. Fortunately, I had the talented eyes and quick hands of Claudio Marcantonio, a Brazilian musician who had been an oral surgeon earlier in life. This guy possessed something like X-ray vision (or the nose of a truffle pig) that was fine tuned to spot even a small bit of botrytis in the center of a cluster rolling down our wooden sorting table. He kept everyone on their toes, and set the bar very high for some good-natured competition at the sorting table, all to the wine’s benefit. I also declassified a number of barrels from a couple of the highest cropped lots out of our entire program, unbridling the potential of everything else with a ‘Scherrer’ label on it. This wine is a perfect example of this selection process and sets the stage for the upcoming releases of Pinot Noir.

Nice, red fruits, slightly savory and mouth-watering, this wine follows in the footsteps of the 2005 bottling nicely yet with a more apparent roundness and appealing texture.

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