Zinfandel
Old & Mature Vines, 1998

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.

Winemaker's Notes

The clay soils really show their ability to even out vintage variation due to differences in rainfall. Rain penetrates clay slowly. Whatever can’t be stored within the soil either runs off to somewhere else, or it pools on top. If the roots are deep, they don’t seem to notice the big variations that we surface dwellers do. Consequently, the flavors of the 1998 ‘Old & Mature’ Zinfandel have followed last year’s wine quite a bit, with some of that blueberry quality that appeared last year in the 1997 Zinfandel. Similar to the previous vintage, the 1998 red wines were also left on their initial sediment (‘lees’) from harvest until the following May and June. They were racked for a second time during the winter and bottled without filtration in late January. This minimal handling really preserves their delicate perfumes (like Pinot Noir), and should increase their aging potential. While it has temporarily ‘firmed up’ about a month after bottling, I’m excited by this wine’s promise.

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Reviews

  1. Judi Scherrer

    GourmetOctober 2001

    In the fall, I often thing Zinfandel for game birds, so fr the squab with procini and bread salad I selected the 1998 “Old & Mature Vines” Zinfandel. This is not one of those fat, overripe Zins so popular today, but it has both power and finesse, allowing the fruit and spiciness of the varietal to show through. James Allen

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