Shale Terrace, 2022

$ 44.00

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’ve said many times, this is the Zin that identifies as Pinot Noir. It is a singular expression of this variety that I have not seen in a bottle anywhere else. Pretty red fruits and a signature nectarine perfume greet the nose. There’s a slight strawberry-rhubarb thing as well and a graphite-like petrichor note that reminds me of using a pencil to shave off bits of graphite into the grooves of the ‘nut’ when replacing Martin D-28 guitar strings to help lubricate their movement for fine tuning each string. So, there’s a trace of cedar from the pencil, rosewood from the guitar body and Spruce from the top. By day 4 on an open sample bottle a note of sage arises. On the mouth, it shows a good cut of acidity like one would use rhubarb in a fruit dish to balance the sugary, fruity ‘rounds’ from the other components. While not a heavy-weight, there is appropriate persistence similar to the perfect house guest who stays just long enough to leave a fine impression and great memories that elicit many future visits.




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