Stagiaire: 'Thirst Trap'

Stagiaire: 'Thirst Trap'

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"This Sauvignon was planted in 1982 on shale terraces at 1100ft and has become maybe my favorite Sauvignon Blanc source. The vineyard was in the process of being sold to new owners, and I have the very fine skill of being just politely and politically annoying enough to get a bone thrown to me. The new owners decided to sell all of the fruit to Arnot Roberts… and me. In what is becoming a common Stagiaire practice, the fermentation is made up of 50% whole clusters with the balance being direct-pressed juice pumped on top and left to infuse for 3-4 weeks(honestly can’t remember). In barrels for a year. Ton’s of layers. Tropical fruit and candied pineapple, some bruised apple and oxidative notes, white floral aromatics with a splash of cream and herbs. Delicious now but will reward a few more years as the tannins that are present unfurl and relax, releasing more and more of the wines wound up core. V stable. I’d mess around with decanting if you wanted to get frisky." -Brent Mayeaux (the winemaker)


Stagiaire (Brent Mayeaux)


Sauvignon Blanc


Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County, CA