1899. That’s how long the Scherrer family has been farming in the Alexander Valley. Ed, now in his mid-80s, still does much of the vineyard work himself.
The Cabernet block above was planted in 1989. The “young vines” to the right were planted in 1993.
Ed didn’t go with the popular opinion of the time, which was to plant on AXR1 rootstock. He preferred to stick with what was working well – St George rootstock. Viticultural history shows that AXR1 was susceptible to the vine louse phylloxera which decimated many California vines in the late 80s and early 90s. So, Ed’s Cabernet vines are older than many Cabernet vineyards in Napa or Sonoma.
Tomorrow morning, October 15, 2011, as you are reading this, Cabernet from Fred’s family vineyard will be arriving at Scherrer Winery!!!