2016 Maitre de Chai "Stampede Vineyard" Lodi Zinfandel

SKU #1411486

This wine is recommended among a selection of Zinfandels in our September 16, 2019 newsletter: "Why You Should Drink More Zin!" K&L Domestic wine buyer Ryan Woodhouse says: "If you want California in a bottle, look no further than humble Zinfandel. I also believe we’re currently drinking in an era when the grape has never been more revered, and is treated with respect, by a core group of producers who are making some of the finest Zin-based wines ever. The vines are old, the farming is better than ever, and the winemaking is informed and on-point. Furthermore, you can get a bottle of absolute top-notch Zin, from the best, oldest, most famous vineyards in the world, made by the most heralded winemakers to handle the varietal—and you’ll still struggle to spend more than $75, tops. You can’t say that for Napa Cab or Burgundy!" About this producer: "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."


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2019 | Send Email
Vines were planted in the 1940s, own rooted. Soils are decomposed granite right at the base of the Sierra Nevada. Winemakers Marty Winters and Alex Pitts describe this wine as an ode to Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards, for his classical style of restraint and finesse. I’d say they nailed it—it’s a very elegant style, nothing in excess.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.