Originally founded in 1981 by John Scharffenberger, the winery was sold in 1998 and renamed Pacific Echo. It was then acquired in 2004 by Maisons Marques & Domaines (the owners of Roederer Estate) and the original name restored. Tex Sawyer has been the winemaker here since 1989.
The winery produces several sparklers including a Cremant, a Blanc de Blanc and a Brut, but a small amount of still Pinot Noir is produced and sold at the winery. The tasting room is housed in a 1920's craftsman house with a softly lit gallery space displaying art work. Eva Johnson, who may be in the tasting room when you visit, is a walking history book about the property which was originally owned by her husband's uncle, Frank Guntley.
Articles About Scharffenberger Cellars
2007 Scharffenberger Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.56, 500 cases, $20. Released October 1, 2012. A blend of nine clones from multiple vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, 20% cold maceration, aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barrels. Lightly filtered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Delicate aromas and light flavors of herbal cherries. Rather tart, with firm tannins. Decent. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
2006 Schraffenberger Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.59, 295 cases, $20, released May 1, 2010. Pommard, 667, 114, 115 and 777 clones. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barrels. Lightly filtered to bottle. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Scent of herbflecked dark cherries. The flavor echoes the nose. Fresh and easy to drink with gossamer tannins. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2005 Scharffenberger Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.76, 133 cases, $23. Released in the spring of 2008. Sourced from Perkins-Clark and Redwood Grove vineyards. Clones 114, 115, 667 (55%), Pommard and 13 and 32. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 10 months in 18% new French oak barrels. Light filtration. · Alluring aromas of black cherries and sandalwood. A lighter style that is at its drinking peak showing flavorful notes of black cherries and raspberries with subtle and stylish spice in the background. An excellent value. Good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »
2004 Scharffenberger Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 578 cases, $23. Released May 2007. A blend of Roederer, Pommard and Dijon clones from Perkins-Clark, Redwood Grove and Day Ranch vineyards. Traditional vinification, light filtration. · This is a very ripe tasting wine veering toward currants and raisins. Smooth with silky tannins. A good back porch wine. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »
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