This wine represents the labor of three generations of the Scherrer family — most of the vines that produced this wine were planted in 1912. It was bottled without fining or filtration to capture the beauty and personality of the Scherrer Vineyard. Although enjoyable in its youth, it should age and develop gracefully for 5 to 10 years after the vintage.
The 2005 OMV Zinfandel is both spicy and fruity, with many layers: red, blue and black fruits, and a minerality and earthiness that made me anxious to bottle it so I could conveniently take some home. During its time in the barrel, I had to keep reminding myself that pushing the bottling date out as far as possible is a very good thing for our Zinfandels.
"This noteworthy effort stands out from the crowd by dint of both its very keen sense of optimally ripened, very precise Zinfandel fruit and its uncommon sense of refinement. Moderately full-bodied, but light on its feet and taking a deep bow in the direction of claret, it is once wonderfully filled and temperate in all things. Its edges have smoothed with five years of age, and its richness comes with rewarding subtlety. It is, in short, a Zinfandel that has grown into real beauty, and it will hold nicely for four or five years."