Stagiaire: 'Right to Prance'

Stagiaire: 'Right to Prance'

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"Zinfandel from a vineyard I was farming last year in San Martin. The vines were planted in 1906. Old, gnarled, each vine growing in a unique form absent the human restriction of trellising. It is warm and dry and windy every afternoon. The vines don't require any spraying. My plan for this wine was always to make it into a serious rose wine, even before the fires forced that for all of my red grapes. Pressed, settled, then fermented and aged in lightly used Sloveniain Oak puncheon and handled a bit more oxidatively. It is wide and weighty beyond its modest alcohol. Complex and ever shifting aromatics. Very unlike any wine I’ve released before. This will be the first and last year of this wine

All viticulture is well beyond organic. Farmed with an intensity that is only possible by ignoring normal expectations of work-life balance and ruining personal relationships. Nothing added. Nothing taken away." - Brent (the winemaker)


Stagiaire (Brent Mayeaux)


Pinot Noir/Chardonnay


Santa Cruz, California


United States