In 2004, Todd and Blair Maus purchased 16 acres of Old Vine Zinfandel, and Maus Vineyards was established. The property was part of the historic Beltane Ranch located in the Mayacamas region of the Sonoma County Viticulture area, an area known for its rocky slopes comprised of volcanic basalt, shale, and sandstone bedrocks. The vines love the cool maritime influence, accompanied by evening fog and many warm sunny days. The property is at a high elevation, which allows the fog to burn off sooner. This creates great morning sun exposure that carries through to the afternoon. As a result, the property is suited for many different varietals. The Deering property totals 106 acres, of which they only plan to plant 30. Todd and Blair are very sensitive to the environment and are practicing sustainable organic farming. This means that they are only planting in brush areas, allowing them to save the beautiful old oak trees. This creates a good balance of wild land where beneficial insects can thrive, and there are good homes for owls, bats, and foxes.
Grenache blanc, 2012: A crisp, juice-driven example of this white pepper grape. Sweet, ripe fruit, balanced with bright, clean acid creates a wonderful balanced dance on the palate.
Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, 2009: A veritable potpourri of fruit and spice. Rich, black and red fruits wrapped in clove, cinnamon, and cracked pepper, with a small touch of wood. The length on the palate is outstanding.
Deering wines we feature:
- Grenache Blanc, Santa Barbara 2012
- Zinfandel, Sonoma 2009