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By Maître de Chai

  • Appellation: Clements Hills
  • Region: California
  • Country: United States
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Varieties: Zinfandel
  • Soil type: Chalk, Granite, Schist
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Unfined.
  • Unfiltered.
  • Low sulphite.

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Total Sulphites: 20 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:The Massa Vineyard -- formerly known as Heller Estate -- was planted by the Durney family in 1969 and is situated at 1,500 feet above the Cachagua region of Carmel Valley. The conversion to organic viticulture began in the 1980s, and the vineyard has been farmed Certified Organic since 1996. The vines we source from are own rooted and dry farmed in a combination of sandy loam and granitic soils. The wine was fermented with its native yeast in small open top fermenters and aged for sixteen months in neutral barrels. Two puncheons and three barrels were produced.

About Maître de Chai

California, United States

Maître de Chai translates to cellar master, or the person responsible for the development and aging of wine. By extension, the humble cellar master is the person responsible for the management of the winery.

Established in 2012, Maître de Chai is the personal project of Marty Winters and Alex Pitts. Together we look to make wines of high quality in a way that best showcases the sense of place where the grapes are grown and the personality of the vineyard. From the ground to the bottle, the character of the wine is the focus of our endeavor. We source grapes from unique and distinct single vineyards that are impeccably farmed here in California.

As our name implies, we care for the wines in the cellar. We defer to nature, limiting our intervention. We taste and we wait, allowing the wines to develop and speak for the places in which they are rooted.