2013 Scherrer "Old and Mature Vines-Scherrer Vineyard" Alexander Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1269120 93 points 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)  (10/2016)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (1/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (6/2016)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2016 | Send Email
If you like special Zins, this is it!!! Do not share with anyone!!! Classic Old World styled Zin, dark fruit, spice, leather and great complexity.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5