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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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."
Everyone seems to believe in doing minimal manipulation with the goal of letting the vineyard site speak. Additionally, I try to make good tasting wine that will age well.
Since grapes do not walk off the vines and into the winery, let alone into barrels and bottles, we must actually do something with the grapes and wine along the way from time to time. Rest assured that I do try...Read More About Scherrer Winery
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...Read More About Zinfandel
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