2010 Ideal Sonoma Valley Red Blend
California: Sonoma Valley
Dedicated Operatives know by now that our Agent Red is a sucker for a good red blend. Well, he just couldn’t get enough of today’s Deering Wine 2010 Ideal Sonoma Valley Red Blend, which is the best kind of endorsement we can give!
Displaying excellent winemaking skill, today’s blend is a near perfect combination of power, balance, and elegance. Robust dark fruit flavors are paired with a silken finish that had many on our tasting panel reaching for more.
We highly recommend today’s Double Gold Medal winner. At 20% off, this blend is worth every penny!
Deep crimson at the heart of the glass, with a lovely red ruby at the very edge.
Bold and daring aromas of stewed dark cherry and plum are combined with hints of freshly tilled earth, espresso bean, spicy black peppercorn, and just a bit of sage.
Concentrated flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and sweet plum lead the way, quickly trailed by notes of sweet tobacco leaf, anise, mocha, dark chocolate, pomegranate black tea, and freshly ground black peppercorn.
Very smooth, exhibiting both power and grace on the finish. The reduced dark fruit flavors slowly give way to pomegranate as the finish fades.
A slow roasted pork shoulder with mustard and sage.
What the Winery Says
This wine is rich and intense with aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, anise and mocha. Aging for 20 months in a combination of French and American oak produces a spicy bouquet of clove, cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. On the palate, it is balanced with bright acidity, firm tannins and long lasting finish. Pair with your favorite meat dish or just enjoy on its own.
- Todd Maus
- Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
- Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Syrah, 13% Petite Sirah, 4% Zinfandel
- 20 months
- 20 months in French and American oak
About the Winery
In 2004, we purchased 16 acres of Old Vine Zinfandel and Maus Vineyards was established. Our property was part of the historic Beltane Ranch located in the Mayacamas region of the Sonoma County Viticulture area. The area is known for its rocky slopes of volcanic basalt, shale and sandstone bedrocks. The vines love the cool maritime influence accompanied by evening fog and many warm sunny days. Our 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 and we are very sensitive to the environment, practicing sustainable organic farming. The Deering name has a long history of agriculture in America, producing some of the first farming “machines” in the 1880’s. Blair (Deering) Maus’s family created the Deering Harvester Company which eventually became International Harvester.
Winemaker Todd Maus
Todd’s family has also been involved in farming for hundreds of years. Today he continues the dedication to improving agricultural practices and the love of farming started by his ancestors’ centuries ago. His biggest passion and fascination has been with beverages, to the point of brewing beer in his family’s garage. When he moved to the Bay Area, his 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.
Todd nurtures the vineyard with an eye to quality, not quantity.
In 2004, we purchased 16 acres of Old Vine Zinfandel and Maus Vineyards was established. Our 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. Our 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.
In addition to our Maus Vineyard Zinfandel, we have planted 3.5 acres of Petite Syrah, 1.5 acres of Grenache, 1 acre of Mourvedre and 1 acre of Charbono. These are currently in root stock with the expectation of producing grapes in 3-4 years. We plan on planting the other 7 acres with some other interesting varietals within the next few years.
Sustainable Farming Practices
At Deering Vineyard we are very sensitive to the environment and are practicing sustainable organic farming. This means that we are only planting in brush areas, allowing us to save the beautiful old oak trees and creating a good balance of wild land where beneficial insects can thrive. There are good homes for owls, bats and foxes.