2013 Scherrer "Old and Mature Vines-Scherrer Vineyard" Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a vineyard planted in 1912, with subsequent plantings in the 1970s and 1980s, the 2013 Zinfandel Old & Mature Vines was aged totally in French oak. A juicy, outrageously delicious Zinfandel, with full-bodied terrific black raspberry and black cherry fruit, pepper, earth and underbrush. Its opulence and lusciousness are pure hedonism at its best. Moreover, the alcohol is relatively tame by Zinfandel standards these days coming in at 14.5%. This should drink nicely for another 7-8 years. It was good to see veteran winemaker and vineyard owner Fred Scherrer on my last trip to California. His first vintage was 1991, and he spent 10 years working with Tom Dehlinger. Because of Scherrer’s interest in Rhône varieties, he encouraged Dehlinger to plant Syrah in 1989. That certainly turned out well for Tom Dehlinger. These are some upcoming releases from his total production of 4,000-6,000 cases per year. Scherrer is basically a one-man crew, although he has assistance. These were all impressive wines and to his credit he has kept a realistic pricing model - so, consumers take note. (RP)
The Zinfandel Old & Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard is once again one of Fred Scherrer's most distinctive wines in 2013. A wine of real character and personality, the 2013 is endowed with superb depth. Leather, smoke, spice, dried herb and tobacco add an attractive savory element. Fred Scherrer continues to turn out tasty, straightforward wines at very reasonable prices. What else is new? Readers will find plenty of highlights among these new releases. The Cabernets and Zinfandels, which emerge from estate vineyards in Alexander Valley, remain signatures, but I was also quite taken with the Syrahs this year. Scherrer prefers to work along minimalist lines in the cellar. The wines spend longer in barrel than is the norm these days, with little or no racking during aging. (AG)
Bright and briary cherry and dill aromas lead to layered and zesty flavors of tart plum, smoky sweet anise and cracked pepper. Drink now through 2022. 1,200 cases made.