The Wine: Stagiaire Wine Still Life with Hillside 2022
Stagiaire Wine Cheeky Bisous in the words of winemaker Brent Mayeaux: "Strawberries and strawberry jam. Watermelon candy. Touch of spices like clove and cinnamon. These bright flavors balanced with just enough bitterness to lengthen the wine and keep it from being one of those glouglous. Chaparral. Lavender. Dandelion root. A first date. Maybe the first one you’ve been on in a while. It’s going really well and you are already visualizing the rest of your life with this person. You tell yourself to calm down even though you don’t want to. This is the only red wine from 2022 that I feel ok with releasing right now. The others will all be in a much better place at the end of the year. This one will too, I’m sure, but it is perfectly charming as it is now. I encourage holding a bottle though for 6-12 more months though if you are as enamored by it as I currently am."
The Producer: Stagiaire Wine
Stagiaire Wine is a project led by soft-spoken talented winemaker Brent Mayeaux. Brent is part of a scene of young winemakers who are changing the face of Santa Cruz Mountains wine region - the other being Ryan Stirm of Stirm Wine Co., Megan Bell of Margins Wine, and James Jelks of Florèz Wines. Brent's dedication, humble attitude, and talent are reflected in his wines, very precise, characterized by a perfectly balanced acidity that brings them to life. A must-try natural wine producer for all those who are willing to explore California every-complex natural wine landscape.
The Region: Santa Cruz Mountains