4940 Ross Rd.
tel. (707) 823-8980
20 ac – 72,000 bt
Fred and Judi Scherrer introduced their first wine, a Zinfandel, in 1991, and by 1997 were able to establish their own winemaking facility outside Sebastopol, CA. Fred is the winemaker and Judi handles the business aspects of their winery, which now produces 4,000-6,000 cases a year.
Fred and his 91-year old father grow many of the grapes for Scherrer wines, including their cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, and chardonnay, on the acreage the family has farmed in Alexander Valley since 1899. The rest of their grapes are either grown by Fred on leased land, or purchased from carefully-selected vineyards and growers in Sonoma County.
Scherrer ages all of their red wines, as well as their Chardonnay, on the lees for the entirety of their (often extended) time in the barrel. As a result, these wines are full-bodied, silky, and luxurious on the palate. The Big Brother Pinot 2014 transports you instantly to the holidays, with aro- mas of fruitcake and plum pudding. On the palate, notes of game, baking spices, and or- ange peel round out the holiday effect. Fred is particularly pleased with his Alexander Valley Zinfandel The Hill 2015 (Great wine) and likes to tell the story of how his father encouraged him for years to pick the grapes earlier from this south-facing hillside. Fred says he finally listened and picked them early enough that some of the berries were still seedless. The result was a lively, structured wine bursting with aromas of violets and olallieberry pie, and a parade on the pal- ate of every fresh berry in the bramble. The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 provides enticing aromas of black currant and bell pepper. Well-structured tannins resolve into a full-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, and the wine has a lingering finish of plum and black pepper.
PLANT PROTECTION copper and sulfur
WEED CONTROL mowing
YEASTS commercial cultured yeasts, spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES purchase 50%