Shale Terrace, 2017

$ 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

Watching the wonderful early development of the 2016 vintage I look at this upcoming bottling with great anticipation. There’s some of that typical stone fruit character and a good bit of savory elements as well. This area presents itself a bit leaner than the Old & Mature Vines bottling and it possesses less dark fruits on the nose and middle palate, yet more red fruits and nectarine. What it offers are Pinot-like layers such as Royal Ann cherries and beet root, along with some light herbal notes, especially on the finish. It’s no surprise people describe this as Pinot-like. But I guarantee it is 100% Zinfandel.

Due to the positive response from those who missed the futures offering but still wanted a couple bottles of this, we have continued to hold a small portion of this back in order to have some available at release. We kept less this time, so it should not last very long. Limit of 6 bottles.







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  1. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineJuly 2019
    Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, fragrant, spicy, earthy, red berry and blackberry jam aroma with hints of black pepper and tobacco leaf; full body; rich, ripe, cedary, red and dark berry fruit flavors with good depth and acid balance; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now, or over the next three to five years. Very highly recommended. My Score: 91/100. Nick Ponomareff

  2. Judi Scherrer

    VinousApril 2020
    The 2017 Zinfandel Scherrer Vineyard Shale Terrace is endowed with superb depth and a vertical feel that is impossible to miss. Red cherry, iron, game, smoke, licorice and dried herbs infuse the Shale Terrace with quite a bit of aromatic and flavor nuance to play off its natural richness. This is yet another compelling wine from Fred Scherrer. 93 points. Antonio Galloni

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