Special Cuvée, 2006

$ 69.00

Once in awhile, when inspired, a special cuvée asks to be created. We produced one in 1997 and in 1999. These are the result of continued personal stylistic introspection as much as the nature of the vintages.

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Winemaker's Notes

Based on my experience of making wine from this vineyard professionally every vintage since 1991 (and informal home winemaking dating from the mid-1970s), I have an impression of what best expresses this site and allows for a long aging curve that allows us to enjoy this wine over 5 to 10 years…with food. Sometimes it is healthy to challenge that notion in order to either validate our current sense of aesthetics or to advance them.

I selected several extremely small lots from the old vineyard planted in 1912 that were both higher in sugar content and unusually ‘expressive,’ fermenting and barreling them separately. Both vintages completed fermentation at over 16% alcohol. Normally, we do not flirt with even 15%. During blending trials for the 2005 and 2006 Old & Mature Vines (OMV) Zinfandels, I was quite prepared to blend them all away to the potential benefit to our OMV. Happily, for all, we found that keeping these separate made for more bottles of superior wine of both kinds. This is an experiment that may or may not continue according to the needs of the OMV. But I am proud of the results for the ‘Special Cuvée’ as well as the OMV.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    The Wine Advocate December 2008

    Much richer, thicker, riper, and more unctuously textured is the 2006 Zinfandel Scherrer Vineyard Special Cuveée’. A big, deep, full-bodied effort displaying copious quantities of black cherry and strawberry fruit, hints of kirsch, licorice, and pepper, and abundant spices, it should be drunk of the next 3-4 years. Fred Scherrer continues to turn out reasonably priced, consistently well-made reds and whites. 91 points. Robert Parker

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