2018 Old Vine Zinfandel
Stampede Vineyard, Lodi, CA
Maître de Chai
What we love
Winemakers Marty Winters and Alex Pitts pick the grapes on the early side, producing Zinfandel of texture and perfumed intensity. Red cherry, boysenberry pie, oak spice and muscular tannin combines with titillating acidity to sharpen the sturdily structured, almost “un-Zinfandel-like” profile. This is quite a serious expression of Zinfandel, demonstrating the heights it can reach when it’s made well.
About this Wine
Made from un-grafted vines planted in the 1920s. An own-rooted Zinfandel planting in the toe-hills of the Sierra Nevada mountains within Lodi’s Clements Hills AVA produces a Zinfandel with its own unique flavor and style – higher in tannin and acid than what most people expect out of the varietal.
Appreciation of wine is always a matter of taste; and whether or not you appreciate the brazenly contrarian approach to Zinfandel taken by Winters and Pitts, one can still appreciate the thought process, if not the intentions. Just 12 barrels produced.
- Technical Data:
- 100% Zinfandel
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- Winemaking: The wine was fermented with native yeast in a mix of open top, whole cluster and barrel fermentations. After 11 months in cask, the wine was bottled with the minimum sulfur addition.
- Drink now through 2025
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.
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