"Maître de Chai translates to keeper of the cellar, 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." -- Winery
The Stampede Vineyard Zinfandel is sourced from a vineyard of own-rooted Zinfandel in Clement Hills, Lodi. The wine was fermented with its native yeasts in a mix of open top, whole cluster and barrel fermentation, and is aged in neutral cask for 11 months.
This is not your typical full-throttle Zin. This is elegant, lower alcohol, defined by crunchy red fruits and a refreshing acidity that almost make you think of Pinot Noir.