Old & Mature Vines, 1996

$ 120.00

This wine represents the labor of three generations of the Scherrer family — most of the vines that produced this wine were planted in 1912. It was bottled without fining or filtration to capture the beauty and personality of the Scherrer Vineyard. Although enjoyable in its youth, it should age and develop gracefully for 5 to 10 years after the vintage.

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Winemaker's Notes

July  1997 Pre-release: The 1996 harvest had the lowest yields we have experienced since we began making our own wine from the vineyard in 1991. Our production was down 20% from 1995’s already low level. After several years’ experience making wines from different parts of the family vineyard and watching them develop separately and together in barrel, I think that the wines’ best interests will be served by keeping them as distinct bottlings in certain vintages. These are the same guidelines I use while making blending decisions at my daytime job at Dehlinger.

My favorite part of the oldest vineyard block (the ‘Old’ part, planted in 1912) makes a very intense,brooding, concentrated base component for our wine each year. It usually does best with a high proportion of whole clusters in the fermenter. Another part of the vineyard planted in 1978 (the ‘Mature’ part), makes a really racy, blackberry/raspberry wine with classical Zinfandel varietal character. These two areas, grown on mostly clay-like soil, complement and complete each other as the ‘Old and Mature Vines’ blend. I think this is the most focused and vibrant ‘Old and Mature’ blend we have had yet.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    Restaurant WineIssue 66, 1998

    The Old & Mature Vines version is superb: A luscious, extremely ripe Zinfandel, in a full bodied style. It has smooth texture, good balance, and a persistent finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of anise, plum, clove, blueberry and pepper. 5 stars. Ronn Weigand

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