Maitre de Chai, Old-Vine Zinfandel - Stampede Vineyard 2022

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+ GRAPE: 100% old-vine Zinfandel. Practicing organic. Grown in Lodi, California.

+ PROFILE: Light-to-medium body, which is surprising out the gate. Violets on the nose, followed by strawberry, plum, raspberry, cola nut, anise and a granitic minerality. Bright acidity keeps things in balance. This is a textural, joyous Zinfandel. 

+ PAIRINGS: Roasted poultry, Cubano sandwich, butternut squash, roasted root vegetables, cruciferous greens.

+ FUNDAMENTALS: All wild yeast and a mix of whole-cluster and destemmed grapes vinified in open-top fermenters. Aged exclusively in 500L puncheons for 14 months before being bottled without fining or filtration. 13.8% ABV. 225 cases made. 

+ FOR THE 'POINT CURIOUS': Vinous/Antonio Galloni - 93Points
"The 2022 Zinfandel Stampede Vineyard is fabulous. It is sourced from a site in Lodi planted in the 1920s. Pliant and supple, with gorgeous balance, the 2022 impresses right out of the gate. The combination of vibrant fruit and light to medium-bodied structure makes for an absolutely compelling Zinfandel. There is a purity to this wine that is so striking. The body and textural feel reminds me of wines from the 1950s and 1960s that I have tasted, naturally as mature wines."

This year marks nine vintages of working with the Perlegos Family. The 2022 vintage from the Stampede Vineyard is one that speaks to the ‘True North Star’ of the Maître de Chai wines. We have always set out to craft a Zinfandel that has structured tannins, bright acidity and that speaks to the soil in which the vines are rooted and the 2022 vintage checks all of these boxes.

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