2017 Chenin Blanc
Maître de Chai
What we love
This thirst-quenching Chenin Blanc is produced by longtime friends Marty Winters and Alex Pitts in the heart of Sonoma, one of our favorite up-and-coming young producers. Notes of lemon, green apple, white flower petals, and tart cream flavors dominate this racy and refreshing palate. Loire Valley Chenin lovers looking for something new, this New World expression seriously overdelivers.
About this Wine
Maître de Chai’s winemaking is hands-off – nothing added, nothing taken away. All fermentations are carried out with natural yeasts; sulfur is kept to a minimum; most wines are bottled without fining or filtering.
- 100% Chenin Blanc
- Alcohol: 13.6%
- Wine was fermented with native yeast and aged in neutral cask for 11 months.
Marty Winters & Alex Pitts
Owners + Winemakers
Established in 2012, Maître de Chai was started by Marty Winters and Alex Pitts. Maître de Chai translates to cellar master, or the person responsible for the development and aging of wine.
Marty and Alex source from distinct vineyards in California; often they have close relationships with the growers and in some cases do the work themselves. Herron Vineyard is a 1.6-acre, cool-climate site in the Sonoma Mountain AVA with 65-year-old dry-farmed, organic vines; Stampede Vineyard, located in Lodi’s Clements Hills AVA, is an own-rooted, dry- farmed Zinfandel parcel planted in the 1940s.
We're excited to offer these wines, made by very talented up-and-coming winemakers from some extraordinary vineyards in California!
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