Shale Terrace, 2015

$ 50.00

Within the Scherrer Vineyard there are several different soils. One vineyard site, the “Shale Terrace,” is located on a relatively deep, well-drained, fractured shale subsoil. It yields wines with an uncommon blend of richness and finesse. This wine was bottled without fining or filtration to capture the beauty and personality of this particular vineyard site.

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Winemaker's Notes

Still showing that stone-fruit/earthy thing it did last summer, this has hardly budged a bit in the months it has been in barrel.  What it has gained over this time is a plum blossom perfume that is very attractive and offsets the stony-earthy side of its personality.  It is very mouth-watering and if you listen hard you can hear it speak its name from the mountain tops:  ‘I am Shale Terrace.  Hear me roar!’

In an instance of where more is better, I was pleasantly surprised as I was putting the final blend together that there is slightly more Shale Terrace this year than I expected when we made the futures offering. So for the first time in quite a while, there is a small amount of Shale Terrace available for retail.







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  1. Judi Scherrer

    VinousApril 2018

    Wild cherry, smoke, iron, tobacco, licorice and crushed rocks are some of the notes that give the 2015 Zinfandel Scherrer Vineyard Shale Terrace much of its distinctive feral personality. Mineral and animal notes give the wine its wild personality, while the fruit is pushed more into the background. 90 points. Antonio Galloni

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