If you have been a fan of Dry Creek Zinfandel for any length of time, the name Maple Vineyard probably caused your heart to flutter some.
I remember first being introduced to this vineyard with a Zinfandel made by Gary Farrell back in the late 1990s. I had that wine on the list back then... That was a great wine, and it made an indelible impression on me in terms of what Dry Creek Zin is all about.
Today I'm delighted to be able to tell you about a wine straight from the source.
MAPLE VINEYARDS 2006 DRY CREEK ZINFANDEL
Tom and Tina Maple are the farmers who personally tend to the 15,000 vines on this 27-acre vineyard located on the benchland at Dry Creek and Lytton Spring Roads, a few miles northwest of Healdsburg.
Of course they have some help, but this is their backyard, and these vines are their "little babies".
Well, not really babies since some of these vines
were planted in 1910. Some replanting has been
done over the last 20 years, however the wine
certainly has the "Old Vine" Zinfandel character to it that makes it imminently appealing
Tom Maple among his beloved knarly Old Vines