Old & Mature Vines, 2004

$ 200.00

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

Somehow, the Zinfandel seemed to enjoy both the moderate growing season, as well as the hot, dry spell right at harvest (usually not considered to be a good thing). What excites me about this vintage of Zinfandel is that it has both the generosity of a relatively ‘big’ Zinfandel, while maintaining enough restraint (from alcohol and ‘cooked’ jamminess) and core structure (acidity and ‘good’ tannins) to age well and compliment food. It shows red, black and blue fruit aromas, peppercorns, along with a mild earthiness, kind of like comfort food for the nose. While it is built for a longer haul, the tannins melt quite readily at this early stage with a bit of food.

In my opinion, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. On a recent sales trip, someone told me that our Zins were not ‘big’ enough for their clientele who are accustomed to something akin to dry Port. My offhand response was, “when you are ready to be seduced rather than raped, give us a call.” Of course, I had a Groucho Marx delivery in mind rather than Mae West. But either way, it works. (Groucho would have been talking about wine, but one of his brothers would have probably been talking to Mae.)






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    The Wine AdvocateDecember 2008

    The 2004 Zinfandel Scherrer Vineyard offers oodles of briery, cherry fruit intermixed with underbrush, pepper, and spice box characteristics. It is a richly fruity, deep, full-bodied Zinfandel to enjoy over the next 2–3 years. Fred Scherrer continues to turn out reasonably priced, consistently well made reds and whites. 90 points. Robert Parker

  2. Judi Scherrer

    Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine CellarMay 2009

    Inky ruby. Cassis, mulberry and licorice aromas give way to brighter red berries and flowers with air. Sappy raspberry,cherry and plum flavors are velvety in texture and seem devoid of tannins. Very rich, almost creamy Zinfandel with excellent cling and sweetness. A late jolt of minerals adds energy to the finish. For such a rich wine, this is surprisingly light on its feet. 90 points. Josh Raynolds

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