This is the third vintage where I have kept this part of the vineyard separate and bottled on its own. The fact that we have three truly unique expressions of Zinfandel on the same property may seem unlikely unless you actually visit, walk around and see the different soils, exposures (and probably) clones. As I try to follow the lead of the material, it is natural that they will seek their own paths. I just follow along with a helping hand here or there to help the material stay on the path itself.
Fresh plum, red and black cherry on the nose. The more time in the glass after pouring, the more the cherry notes dominate. After a couple days open, more spices and darker fruits appear. On the mouth, it’s more about dark fruits. Nice, racy brightness make this a really perfect wine for the table. It should work with an incredibly wide range of foods: From tomato and herb-based dishes to waterfowl, lamb, game, etc.
Judi Scherrer –
Vinous – April 2020
The 2017 Zinfandel Scherrer Vineyard The Hill is bold, juicy and super-expressive. Sweet tobacco, leather, licorice and dried herbs are all pushed forward. In the glass, the 2017 is rich and expansive, but it also comes across as a wine that will mature relatively early. I would prefer to drink it over the next few years. 92 points. Antonio Galloni
Judi Scherrer –
California Grapevine – April 2021
Medium-dark ruby; rustic, earthy, brambly, blackberry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of cedar and black pepper; full body; rich, textured, earthy, nicely balanced, black and red berry fruit flavors; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. My Score: 90/100 Nick Ponomareoff