The Wine: Still Life with Woodyard 2018
Still Life with Woodyard in the words of winemaker Brent Mayeaux: "Zinfandel from the Woodyard block of Poor Ranch just east and above Hopland. The property was first planted in 1880s and has never been irrigated or sprayed with chemicals. The Poors are pruning wizards and are very in tune with their land. This wine is made up of two ferments: 1- Carbonic in Stainless Steel tank. 2- 50% Whole Clusters with 50% juice pressed on top. They were both left for 4 weeks before being pressed together to old barrels for almost 12 months of aging."
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