Maître de Chai, Kierkegaard Chenin Blanc
Wine Maker: Marty Winters, Alex Pitts
Country: USA, California
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Napa
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Soil: Alluvial, loam, sand
Tasting Notes: Less “nervy” than most chenins but with great texture and tastes of key lime, passion fruit and melon.
About the process
The wine was fermented with native yeast and aged in neutral cask. After 11 months the wine was bottled with the minimum effective Sulfur addition. Two puncheons and Eight barrels were produced.
Leo Hansen, the winemaker at Leo Steen Wines inspired us to make Chenin Blanc. Leo made it possible for us to source grapes from this incredible site; he encouraged us to take the leap of faith. We drew inspiration for the name of this wine from Søren Aabye Kierkegaard—considered to be the first existentialist philosopher—who was a Danish social critic, theologian and poet.
About the Winemaker
Maître de Chai translates to cellar master, or the person responsible for the development and aging of wine. By extension, the humble cellar master is the person responsible for the management of the winery.
Established in 2012, Maître de Chai is the personal project of Marty Winters and Alex Pitts. Together we look to make wines of high quality in a way that best showcases the sense of place where the grapes are grown and the personality of the vineyard. From the ground to the bottle, the character of the wine is the focus of our endeavor. We source grapes from unique and distinct single vineyards that are impeccably farmed here in California.
As our name implies, we care for the wines in the cellar. We defer to nature, limiting our intervention. We taste and we wait, allowing the wines to develop and speak for the places in which they are rooted.