Old & Mature Vines, 2019

$ 23.00$ 42.00

Our old vine Zinfandel represents the labor of three generations of the Scherrer family — many 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

For those who are new to us, this is a quintessential expression of ‘old world style’ Zinfandel: Evocative sandalwood, roasted red beets, warm, hints of freshly picked plums and red delicious apples as though in a basket nearby, dark bramble fruits, mysterious hints of new-jacket leather all take their turn at center view like the mechanical horses, unicorns and other creatures on a rotating carousel. The red and black cherry aromas that showed so prominently last summer have evolved and merged with a violet perfume that comes and goes during this circular performance. The longer in the glass and contact with air, the more floral perfumes and roasted sweet beet facets dominate.

Last July said it seemed the 2019 Old & Mature Vines Zin was similar to the 2018, yet with more structure. This has actually become slightly more pronounced during barrel aging. Good, firm structure portends a long life in bottle. And while this is not harsh, it is muscular like a runner. In this case, it’s a marathon runner that will always thrill at the finish.







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  1. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineMay 2021
    Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, fragrant, spicy, briary, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of black pepper, clove, and cinnamon; full body; rich, ripe, red and dark berry fruit flavors with good depth and balance, and some pleasing richness in the mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy and enjoyable to drink now, though worthy of several more years of
    bottle aging. Very highly recommended. My Score: 92/100 Nick Ponomareoff

  2. Judi Scherrer

    Wine SpectatorMarch 2023
    A seamless Zinfandel, elegant and sleek, with just enough old-school bramble to layer in personality. Boast black cherry, savory anise and white pepper flavors that build dimension and richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2030. 94 Points. Tim Fish

  3. Judi Scherrer

    VinousJuly 2021
    The 2019 Zinfandel Old & Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard is elegant, precise and wonderfully nuanced. Dried flowers, spice, cedar, tobacco and sweet dried cherry give the 2019 its undeniably racy, alluring personality. All the elements are so impeccably balanced. This is a fabulous showing. 94 points. Antonio Galloni

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