Wine of the Day: Dutcher Crossing Maple Vineyard Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley within Sonoma, just down the road from the cooler climate Russian River grows some of the finest warm-weather Zinfandel fruit in the world. Balancing juicy, ripe red and black fruits with a dusty earthiness, thanks to the melding of various elevations from valley floor to steep, well-draining rocky hillsides, filled with dozens of soil types and microclimates. These rocky soils create stressed vines and stressed vines create concentrated, structured wines with character.

Within Dry Creek Valley Dutcher Crossing showcases the region with an assortment of selections, including the region’s famous Zinfandel. With a methodology that allows the vineyard to speak through the wines, blended with meticulous care and craftsmanship within the winery, each Dutcher Crossing wine showcases the terroir revealing an exact essence of place. From a 27-acre vineyard in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Maple Vineyard is a dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard known for consistently producing premium-quality Zinfandel grapes, as shown in the Dutcher Crossing Maple Vineyard Zinfandel ($50). With a savory note on the front, the wine opens with woody herb, balsamic, and olive, melding with blackberry pie, wild blueberry, and savory spice. A perfect wine to pair with slow-smoked brisket and barbecue.