Scherrer Winery

Owner(s) Fred Scherrer
Web site www.scherrerwinery.com
 
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Scherrer Winery

For nearly 20 years, Fred Scherrer has been vinifying Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. A University of California at Davis graduate, he was the winemaker at Dehlinger Winery for ten years before striking out on his own in 1998. His winemaking guidelines for Pinot Noir are: “Be patient. Let the fruit speak. Listen. Touch lightly. Watch closely. Listen.” This formula has worked well for him and his wines are sold to an enthusiastic mailing list.

Fred is not big on publicity or marketing. His fans have been trying to talk him into updating his label to something more hip and flashy. If you meet Fred, you will understand his passion for winemaking supersedes any need for notoriety. He finally succumbed to the pressure and had a new modern label created for the 2005 vintage. The old label emphasized the varietal within, the new label puts Fred’s name front and center. Be assured, Fred will not let it go to his head. His winery has no signage and is housed in an undistinguished metal building.

The wines, which include Chardonnay, Rose and Zinfandel, are sold primarily through a mailing list with limited retail sales. Tasting by appointment.

Reviewed Wines

2008 Scherrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 620 cases, $40. Essentially from the Green Valley appellation. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose unfolds slowly in the glass, reaching a crescendo in about 45 minutes, featuring fresh Bing cherries and red berries with a hint of spice. Light on first taste, picking up intensity over time in the glass. Brighter and fresher than the 2007 vintage with more red fruits featured. The tannins are supple making for easy drinking. The wine finishes with a bit of spice and orange peel, and refreshing acidity. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Scherrer Platt Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 185 cases, $75. Released November 2011. Joan and Lew Platt planted this vineyard overlooking the town of Bodega. A very cool site that escaped the summer wildfire issues. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Subdued aromas of dark red cherries with a hint of tea leaf and oak. The fruit really pops on the palate with vibrant exuberance. Flavors of black cherries, blueberries and black raspberries elevated by a lively cut of acidity. Moderately rich and beautifully balanced. Needs time to open in the glass. Built for the long haul (available in magnums which should easily last 15 years). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Scherrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $32. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely appointed nose with aromas of black cherries, dried rose petals, frambiose and Moroccan spices. The aromas are strikingly fruity and become more spiced over time in the glass. Rich core of black cherries, dark strawberries, black raspberries, with baking spice and herbs in the background, framed by supple tannins. The flamboyant finish clings to the palate. A voluptuous wine from a superb vintage that has staying power in the glass and is hard to resist. Source: website, mailing list, retail. Very good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Scherrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $36. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Dark cherries are the featured fruit on the nose with hints of balsam, spice and smoky oak. Moderately intense array of black cherry, and black raspberry flavors with supple tannins and some length on the finish which leaves a trace of heat in its wake. This bottle seems a bit tired at this stage. Good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Scherrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $40. · Shy nose sporting Bing cherries, spice and smoky oak. Gorgeous core of fruit including cherries, boysenberries and plums with a faint note of citrus peel in the background, wrapped in ripe, dry tannins and kissed by oak. The fruit has plenty of pop and pizzazz and although this wine is very good now, it will be stunning in another five years if you have patience. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Scherrer “Big Brother” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 160 cases, $50. A blend from a vineyard in Annapolis and another in Bodega, the name comes from the generosity of the wine, yet retains a delicacy typical of Pinot Noir. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Multiple aromas pop up over time including black cherry, spiced plum, sassafras, wine cellar and new oak. Packed with fruit but slinky and easy to cozy up to. Flavors of black cherries, boysenberries, sassafras and smoky oak, supported by silky tannins, finishing smooth and clean. Impeccable balance. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2006 Scherrer Winery Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $35. · Lightly colored. Nicely woven aromas of cherries, oak and brown spice. Tasty cherry core with a faint echo of earthiness and oak and a pristine freshness. Not a wimpy entry level Pinot, the wine has a decent mid palate richness. Perfectly fine for what it is and a wine that you can enjoy every night at the dinner table. My wife loved the cherry high notes and bought a case of half-bottles. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Scherrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $40. · Darker fruits are featured in this wine with scents of blackberry jam, dark chocolate, pears and oak. Ripe black cherry essence with a riff of roasted nuts and a grip of grapefruit peel on the finish. Tannins are fine-grain and restrained. Good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Scherrers Winery “Big Brother” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 420 cases, $50. Named for its darker fruits and generosity. Blended from a vineyard in Annapolis and one in Bodega Bay. · Exotic and intoxicating aromas of wild berries and spice box. Lovely berry flavors with some earthy notes and a faint note of citrus peel lurking in the background. Plenty of fruit, yet stylish and nimble. Harmonious and flawless with supple tannins and decent persistence. No rush to drink this one. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Scherrer Winery Vin Gris

350 cases, $14. A blend of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel fermented in neutral barrels. · Still hanging in there. Roseate, persimmon and vibrant acidity. Fairly plush mouth feel. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Scherrer Winery Old Vine Zinfandel

890 cases, $30. Vinified more like Pinot Noir, essentially receiving the same winemaking treatment. The result is Zin for Pinot lovers. Plenty of acidity and not flabby or alcoholic. · Smooth and velvety, brimming with red and black fruits and a touch of pepper. The tannins are not in sight and you can almost drink this like beer. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Scherrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $32. This wine comes from vineyards located in both Goldridge Series soils producing red fruit and orange peel components and clay soils offering deep black cherry flavors. Unfined and unfiltered. · Potent aromas of ripe cherries, cola, caramel and baking spices that are intoxicating and never fade or tire in the glass. Tasty black cherry flavor with soft tannins, well-integrated oak, and a tangerine peel tang on the refreshing finish. A wine with seamless texture that is immensely satisfying. Like a bimbo that draws you in with perfume and seduces you with silk. Fred Scherrer knows Pinot and his wines are always sensibly priced. The best Russian River Valley bottling ever for Scherrer. Reviewed November 2, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Scherrer Winery Helfer Vineyard Chardonnay

140 cases, $36. · Plenty of acid grip now with notes of citrus, minerals and pears. Not even close to its best drinkability window. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Scherrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $39. Primarily from fruit grown in Goldridge soils. New label. · Lovely scents of red fruits, vanilla, root beer and a subtle touch of alcohol. Wood-kissed, the wine offers racy red stone fruits, a little earthiness, a solid acid core, and fine-grain tannins which hold everything together. Fred Scherrer knows Pinot and his wines are as reliable as you can find. Reviewed May 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Scherrer Winery Bliss Vineyard Syrah

90 cases, $40. Last bottling as the vineyard was sold to Lynmar Winery. · An elegant Syrah brimming with dark red and blue fruit, grilled meat and a typical silky Pinot Noir mouth feel. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Scherrer Winery Sonoma County Pinot Noir

730 cases, $24. · Rhubarb, red cherry and toast in the nose, red fruits, cola and root beer on the palate. Nice little kick of spice on the back end. Reviewed July 30, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

800 cases, $26. · Woodsy aromatics featuring mushrooms and wet earth, and flavors of black berries and spice. Reviewed July 30, 2007 ARTICLE »

2003 Scherrer Winery Helfer Vineyard Chardonnay

45 cases, $35. The Helfer Vineyard is located in the Vine Hill area of the Russian River Valley. Originally a Pinot Noir vineyard, it has been grafted over to a selection of Chardonnay budwood that came from Kistler, the vineyard’s neighbor just across Vine Hill Road. The vineyard has densely planted vines that require hand cultivation and yield more concentrated fruit than by traditional California vine spacing. The wines from this vineyard need several years to reach their potential. Unfined an unfiltered. · This wine has really come together and is drinking beautifully. Tasty citrus, a little butter, a hint of oak, and a smooth and silky texture. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2003 Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $47. · Opens beautifully in the glass over time revealing aromas of Bing cherries, baking spices and toast. Delicate core of dark red cherry and berry fruit with a toasty oak overlay. A demure wine with supple tannins and an appealing velvety texture. Good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2002 Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 860 cases, $35. · Secondary bouquet of cigar box and good funk joined by dark cherries, red berries and spice. Mildly oaked black cherry and cola flavors with a healthy bolt of oak on the slightly astringent and dry finish. The wine has a nicely aged patina with gossamer tannins. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2002 Scherrer Winery Ft. Ross Vineyard ‘High Slopes’ Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 210 cases, $38. From some of the highest elevations in this coastal vineyard where the vines struggle. The wine tends to be tightly structured demanding the use of a high percentage of new barrels. An assemblage of the most harmonious barrels. Unfined, unfiltered. · Fabulous nose of black cherries and black currants with a touch of allspice. Still a big wine with earth-kissed berry and cassis flavors and noticeable dry tannins. I would recommend drinking this with hearty food. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2001 Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $47. · Bouquet of forest floor, pepper and seasoned oak. Tasty essence of cherries and berries with a hint of juicy fruit and citric peel. Soft in the mouth with welcoming fruit intensity, bright acidity and very soft tannins. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2000 Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $47. · Retains a moderately dark color. Bright aromas of black cherries, pepper, cigar box, marzipan and oak. Juicy flavors of cherries, plums, tea and a subtle note of citrus peel. Beautiful aged patina with a very smooth texture. If you like aged Pinot Noir, this is your cup of tea. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »