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By Maître de Chai

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

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Total Sulphites: 32 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:Planted in the 1920s, the Stampede Vineyard is an own-rooted Zinfandel parcel in the toe-hills of the Sierra Nevada mountains within Lodi’s Clements Hills AVA. The Perlegos family impeccably farms this distinct piece of earth with soils comprised of decomposed granite. The vineyard overlooks the old southern embankment of the Mokelumne River on one side, and the Clements Stampede rodeo on the other. The wine was fermented with native yeast in a mix of open top, whole cluster and barrel fermentations. After 16 months in cask the wine was and bottled with the minimum effective Sulfur addition. Three Puncheons and sixteen barrels 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.