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2008 Maple Zin Review on DRINKdrycreek.com

January 24, 2011


Here's more of what Sasso has to say about this special release in his review at www.drinkdrycreek.com

The Facts:

The Dutcher Crossing 2008 Maple Vineyard Zinfandel was produced using fruit exclusively sourced from the famed Maple Vineyard. Only a select handful of wineries each year have access to the fruit grown by Tom and Tina Maple. This 2008 release from Dutcher Crossing Winery is composed of 90% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah. A limited number of cases were produced and it has a suggested retail price of $40.

Dutcher Crossing Winery is located at 8533 Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg. They’re open every day from 11 AM until 5 PM. They close on a handful of major holidays. Please check their website for those specifics, or call them at 866-431-2711. Tours and private tastings are also available by prior appointment.

Gabe’s Take:

There aren’t a lot of folks making wine from the fruit Tom & Tina grow at their well regarded Maple Vineyard. There are a solid handful of producers who have over the years though. Some come and go and others have made it consistently for a number of years. There are some really good examples out there, but year after year I don’t think anyone handles the fruit better than Kerry Damskey and the crew at Dutcher Crossing. So I was of course looking forward to sampling the latest vintage and comparing it to what I remembered from the past.

Aromas of blueberry, plum and blackberry are underscored by wisps of eucalyptus and a gentle hint of menthol in an incredibly pleasing and inviting nose, loaded with allure. Fleshy dark fruit flavors are prominent through the rich, ripe and concentrated palate. Blackberry, black raspberry, dark plum and cherry are all key flavors. Chicory, spice, sour black and red fruits, rhubarb, black pepper and vanilla all emerge in the finish which shows tremendous persistence. This wine is big and bold but balanced by good acidity and firm structure.

If you love Zinfandel, The Maple Zin from Dutcher Crossing should be on your short list. Kerry, Debra and company have done it again, this is another terrific release from the winery and a fine example of what can be accomplished when the Maples’ fruit is in excellent hands.

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