Old & Mature Vines, 2003

$ 400.00

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

Tasting notes on recently bottled wine: Dark red fruits like pomegranate, red cherry, maraschino cherry, slight nectarine/stone fruit, white pepper, very slightly jammy. Our reductive (opposite of ‘oxidative’) winemaking here really showcases the perfumes and ‘verve’ of this grape, so obliterated when taken to prune-like overripeness. With a nicely centered structure, it’s perfectly suited to use with food like duck or pork roast to show off its texture when young. While I have enjoyed this with dinner very much right before and after bottling in mid-February, I think a minimum of 8 to 10 months bottle aging will be well rewarded, typical of our OMV Zins. I thought it showed a little awkwardly at last August’s barrel tasting (I had held off racking, SO2 adjustment, and blending until just days before the tasting), yet I am very happy with the wine’s development as a result of that decision.







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  1. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineMay 2006
    Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, fragrant, spicy, cranberry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of dill and black pepper; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, spicy, slightly peppery, black fruit flavors; tending to be a bit lean on the finish; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now. Highly recommended. 89 Points. Nick Ponomareff

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