JC (NC) wrote:Alexander Valley, CA Scherrer Vineyard. 14.5% abv. Some of the vines used to produce this wine were planted in 1912 (a century ago!) Deep opaque purple. Shows viscosity. Some dark raspberry and earth notes with a fine grittiness. Penetrates the nasal passages and moves to a long finish. Balanced, without noticeable alcoholic heat. Sipped side-by-side with the Joseph Swan Mancini Ranch Zinfandel from the same vintage, I had difficulty selecting a favorite (slight preference for the Joseph Swan.) Both were far above the more common Zins. I think the Scherrer was earthier and the Joseph Swan was fruitier. The Scherrer grew more mellow the longer it was open. I finished it after four or five days open and it was still going strong.
Jon Leifer wrote:longtime fan of Fred's OMV zins..rose fans shd not overlook Fred's rose