Schermeister Winery

Owner(s) Laura Schermeister, Robert Schermeister
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Schermeister Winery

Proprietor and winemaker Robert Schermeister crafts limited production wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma County. All wines are fermented with native wild yeasts found in the vineyard. The focus is on Pinot Noir, but the winery also offers Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah. Rose and Viognier.

Robert developed a passion for wine while in Italy. He decided to put his degree in biochemistry to good use and pursue winemaking. He worked as an assistant winemaker for Mark Aubert and Jayson Pahlmeyer. Schermeister Winery was born in 2012.was mentored by Mark Aubert.

Wine orders may be placed on the website. Wine Club memebers save up to 20%.

A tasting room is located in Glen Ellen. A private tour may be scheduled with the winemaker.

Reviewed Wines

2016 Schermeister Wohler Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 125 cases, $57. Release May 2019. Vineyard is located within sight of the Russian River and the historic Wohler Bridge. Native fermentation. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Delicate aromas of cherry, strawberry and sandalwood. Light to mid weight in style, offering an array of red fruit flavors including cherry and rhubarb with noticeable oak in the background. There is an inviting dried herb savory thread as well. Very elegant tannins and a finish featuring citrus-tinged red fruits. The wine was more enjoyable when tasted the following day after opening. Score: 90. Reviewed March 23, 2019 ARTICLE »

2015 Schermeister Spring Hill Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 100 cases, $57. Released September 2018. This vineyard is located in the far western part of the new Petaluma Gap AVA. Yields were a concentrated 0.8 tons per acre. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of very ripe fruit including dark red and black berry with hints of balsam and vanilla. Plush on the palate in a sappy, saturated mid weight plus style, featuring flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, black tea and a compliment of oak vanillin. Nicely balanced, with some generosity on the intensely fruity finish. Considerably more giving and composed when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed March 23, 2019 ARTICLE »

2013 Schermeister Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 150 cases, $49. Pommard and Dijon 777 clones. Native fermentation, extended maceration with 35 days on skins, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% once used. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Piquant oak infuses the nose and palate in this mid weight wine featuring flavors of black cherry, pomegranate and blackberry. Forward drinking, with a sexy texture and good follow through on the finish. The fruit definitely pushes the ripeness envelope and the oak overlay pushes for dominance. Score: 88. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Schermeister Cellars Paladini Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.60, 120 cases, $47. Inaugural release from winemaker Robert Schermeister who previously worked as an assistant to Mark Aubert. Clones 115 and 777. 100%n de-stemmed. Native fermentation, extended maceration after primary fermentation (28 days on skins), light press, aged 15 months in 20% new, 40% 1-year-old, and 40% neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate ruby red color in the glass. A refined offering that has intrigue. Aromas of cherry, wooded forest, baby’s breath and mint. Delicious mid to full bodied core of dark cherry fruit with enticing hints of tea, oak, spice, earth and mushroom. Admirable harmony with good brightness, balanced tannins and a juicy finish. Holds up nicely over time in the glass. Score: 92. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

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