Maitre-De-Chai – Stampede Zinfandel
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.
The grapes are picked on the early side, producing
Zinfandel of ethereal texture and perfumed intensity.
The nose awakens with brambly blackberry aromas, leading into flavors of black tea, fresh blueberries, and a touch of dried black raisin. Very much in the style of Ridge’s Zinfandels, there’s a remarkable build up of flavors but the wine still maintains a lithe texture without being weighty.