2008 Maus Vineyard Zinfandel
Zinfandel • Maus Vineyard
California: Sonoma Valley
Todd and Blair Maus, proprietors of Deering Wines, were born to make wine. Their respective families have been involved in farming since the mid-1800s. Their family roots have spread across the centuries and today they are making remarkable Zinfandel on their own family vineyard, the Zin-perfect Maus Vineyard, in the Mayacamas region of the Sonoma County Viticulture area.
The Maus Vineyard was originally a part of the historic Beltane Ranch. The rocky slopes are comprised of volcanic basalt, shale and sandstone bedrocks. Combine these attributes with the sunny days and fog-cooled nights, and you have the perfect ingredients for spectacular Zinfandel.
Today’s 2008 Maus Vineyard Sonoma Valley Zinfandel was the smash hit of our recent tasting panel. Everyone loved the lush feel and richly extracted flavors of this wonderful wine, which we offer to you with our boldest recommendation.
Ultra dark with some of the deepest purple hues we’ve seen in a Zinfandel.
Perfumed and dark with concentrated blackberry, black cherry, black currant, toasty oak and black pepper.
Very dark and velvet-soft on the palate, with juicy cherry, blackberry and mulberry. Just beneath the surface lurk savory spices, leather, sweet tobacco leaf and piquant black peppercorn.
Extra long with a crushed velvet dryness that supports the fruit for a very long time. As fruit flavors fade, earth and spice persist even longer.
This wine would be delightful with anything served hot off the BBQ. A saucy Shanghai beef would also be a wonderful companion.
What the Winery Says
100% Single Vineyard Zinfandel
- Tasting Notes
- This is the second vintage from our organic vineyard. It has all the characteristics that we are learning to be the hallmarks of the Maus Vineyard, an incredibly smooth and well-balanced wine packed with ripe fruit and spice. The wine begins with fresh aromas of cherry and blackberry. Flavors of lush dark fruit followed by anise and toasty oak round out the palette giving way to a long spicy dry finish. As with the 2007 vintage that has already sold out, it is a great wine from beginning to end.
- Vineyard Notes
- Grapes were handpicked from the Maus Vineyard. Gentle handling and hand sorting of the grape clusters allows only the highest quality fruit to reach the fermentation tank.
- Wine Type
- Red Wine
- Varietal Composition
- 100% Single Vineyard Zinfandel
- Sonoma Valley
- Aged for 11 months in 50% French Oak Barrels & 50% American Oak Barrels (33% of which were new) before being bottled.
- Enjoy now or cellar for up to 5 years
- Cold soaking for 3 days followed by cultured yeast inoculation and 10 days of fermentation. After the skins
- Alcohol %
About the Winery
Why the Deering Name?
Blair is a descendant of the Deering McCormick family, early developers of farming technologies. William Deering, Blair’s Great, Great, Great Grandfather, moved the family from Paris, Maine, where he had run the family’s woolen mill, to Illinois in 1873. There he purchased a farm equipment manufacturer and renamed it the Deering Harvester Company. His reapers enabled farmers to substantially increase productivity, playing a significant part in the country’s agricultural growth. The 1902 merger with McCormick Reaper Company and others formed International Harvester, the largest farm equipment manufacturer in the world.
Todd’s family has also been involved in farming for hundreds of years. The family started farming in Austria, and then migrated to Colorado in the mid 1800’s. Unfortunately, the Dust Bowl made dirt farming and ranching in Colorado impossible. Family members then began harvesting ice. They created ponds in the Rocky Mountains and harvested starting New Years Day, selling it to the railroads and stockyards in Denver.
Today, we continue the dedication to improving agricultural practices and the love of farming started by our ancestors’ centuries ago. Todd’s passion has always been working with his hands, whether it was crabbing on Alaskan fish boats, building titanium racing bicycles or creating intricate woodwork in Colorado. But his biggest passion and fascination has been with beverages. As a child, Todd would mix fruit juices to develop the best flavor combination and in later years he brewed beer in his family’s garage. When he moved to the Bay Area, a passion for wine began. While working in San Francisco during the day, he took night courses on winemaking and grape growing in Napa at night.
In 2004, we decided to combine our shared love for drinking wine with Todd’s passion for growing grapes. We moved our young family to Sonoma County, purchased vineyard land and began the adventure. Today, you will see Todd in the fields and working with the winemaker. In addition to being a full time mom, Blair can be found behind the scenes leveraging her master’s degree to help manage the day-to-day aspects of the business.
At Deering, our farming heritage and family’s history in America’s agricultural past are important to us. We are proud of our wines and excited to share them with you. We hope that you enjoy them today and in the years to come.
Co-Proprietors, Blair & Todd Maus