Monthly Archives: September 2011

Rosé Miniseries: Fuscia Rain

Lesly, you are correct – the Scherrer Winery Rosé is “A M A Z I N G!!!!!!!!!!!!”    

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Rosé Miniseries: Stomp…not the musical

There are many theories and techniques on how to make Rosé. Saignée is one. Macerate is another. Fred decided to get a light crush (hence the sanitized boot stomp) and then let the juice sit on the skins (macerate) for … Continue reading

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Rosé Miniseries: Vennes Vineyard Grenache

The Vennes Vineyard Grenache On a hillside that rises dramatically from The Alexander Valley floor, there is an exciting development. Grenache!  Two clones: Tablas Creek and Alban from the Robert Vennes property. Fred is using the Tablas Creek clone for his … Continue reading

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MOG

MOG:  Material Other than Grapes. The Sorting Table – a mystical, transcendent place where stories are told, secrets are kept and time passes unnoticed.  A time to bond… And the place we spend countless hours making sure the fruit, and only … Continue reading

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Following the Chardonnay

The Scherrer Chardonnay was harvested and pressed to tank a little over a week ago. Yeast in action after a morning feeding Yeast nutrients are added to fermenting juice to help reinvigorate the yeast at about the time a third … Continue reading

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Small Lot Pinots: Gunsalus Vineyard

Fred Scherrer likes to source fruit from the many small, family-owned vineyards within a few miles of the winery. It is hard to capture the care and passion that these people put into their land. GUNSALUS VINEYARD: On a crisp … Continue reading

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Extraterrestrials landing?

(although this was not our plot of Hallberg Ranch, we did get this same treatment a few days nights before)

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Small Lot Pinots: Helfer Vineyard

Fred Scherrer likes to source fruit from the many small, family-owned vineyards within a few miles of the winery. It is hard to capture the care and passion that these people put into their land. HELFER VINEYARD: Don Helfer has … Continue reading

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Shale Terrace and lots of Zin

Fred Scherrer himself helped his father plant The Shale Terrace block of Zinfandel back in the early 70s. Talk about tough afternoon chores! On yet another very sunny warm day in Northern Sonoma, we worked morning, noon and night sorting … Continue reading

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Make It Rain!

Fred uses some favorite sayings like “make it rain” when showing me how many PSI he wants the Chardonnay press to get on each cycle. Last year at Cakebread Cellars we would process over 140 tons of Chardonnay on a … Continue reading

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