Maître de Chai 2019 Stampede Vineyard Zinfandel, Lodi, CA
In 1942, the first Clements Stampede and Horseshow was held. It was a purely non-professional round up and it drew a crowd of 1,500. Right next door to this old rodeo grounds is the Stampede Vineyard.
Winemaker: Alex Pits & Marty Winters
Farming: Sustainable with Organic practices
Terroir: Planted in the 1940s, the Stampede Vineyard is an own-rooted Zinfandel planting in the toe-hills of the Sierra Nevada mountains within Lodi’s Clements Hills AVA. With soils composed of decomposed granite, the Stampede Vineyard lies on a parcel that overlooks an old riverbed on one side, and the Clements Stampede rodeo grounds on the other.
Vinification: The wine is fermented with its native yeasts in a mix of open top, whole cluster and barrel fermentations.
Aging: The wine aged in neutral cask for 11 months.
Three puncheons and 12 barrels produced.