Shale Terrace, 2016

$ 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

As I write this after bottling day, the 2016 as a sleek shape and is unusually restrained, yet still a textural expression of Zinfandel. The typical stone-fruit thing (nectarine or Santa Rosa plum skin), some subtle spice to support the stone fruits and appropriate structure to keep everything reined in are all there. I think it is unlikely if not impossible to make this kind of wine if the material is not naturally headed in that direction. I seem to always call this the Zin that wants to dress up as Pinot Noir – and it looks really, really good that way. It has a very cleansing, mouth-watering finish and makes one want to have some (more) food. This is probably an inconsistent wine for those of us who want to lose a few pounds because we will want to eat more while at the table until the bottle is empty.







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  1. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineJune 2018

    Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, ripe, slightly spicy, strawberry and blackberry jam aroma with a note of black pepper; full body; moderately concentrated, red fruit flavors with good depth and acid balance; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now in its youth, though best to bottle age for another year or two. Very highly recommended. My Score: 17 [91/100], second place Nick Ponomareff

  2. Judi Scherrer

    VinousMay 2019
    The 2016 Zinfandel Scherrer Vineyard Shale Terrace is bold, savory and pleasantly rustic, offering plenty of varietal character and personality. Sweet tobacco, mint, dried flowers, leather and dried cherry add shades of nuance to this mid-weight yet muscular Zinfandel. As with all of these wines, there is a ton of character in the Shale Terrace. 91 points. Antonio Galloni

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