Those of you who have broken the Zinfandoodle code know this ‘version’ is a blend of 2010 and 2011 Scherrer Zinfandel barrels that didn’t perfectly balance the OMV in a given vintage. I cannot think of a better pair of vintages to have side–by–side to illustrate the power of making non-vintage wine! These two vintages were so different in their balance and attitude. There was an excess of generous, low structure elements in 2010 and an excess of structured elements in 2011. Magically, these attitudes were perfectly complimentary: Darker fruits vs. redder fruits and perfumes. In a decade of making this wine every other year, it is absolutely my favorite version.
Version 0.1 has a dark core of solid dark fruits and earth within the center of a whirlwind of plums, red raspberry and boysenberry. I like the way it sits in the mouth like an old house cat on your lap on a cold night — it just belongs there. This wine practically purrs. There is less of this than last time and it is also on allocation to restaurants and wine shops as well as this offering here. I seriously doubt this will be around very long once people taste it.