Stagiaire - 2021 - Plastic Stars & Paper Moons
Stagiaire - 2021 - Plastic Stars & Paper Moons


California, USA

Stagiaire: The French word for apprentice and what the winemaker I worked for in Jura called me when other local vigneron asked who the hell the guy speaking really bad French was. The name encapsulates humility, impermanence, and the pursuit of knowledge. I work with vineyards that are organic at a minimum, actively seeking thoughtful and regenerative practices instead of recipe farming. Most importantly I want to work with good people that are trying to farm with nature instead of against it. Starting in 2020 I am farming a few parcels of my own.
If we have good grapes, why add anything to them in the cellar? (Stagiaire)

Cooper Garrod is on the north side of the Santa Cruz Mountains below Mount Eden and over the town of Saratoga. The Viognier was planted about 20 years ago. Its historically been dry farmed and always organic, but was given a bit of water this year for the first time since planting. They operate horse stables as well, and their vines receive homemade compost. This year there was a mix of stainless and barrel fermentation. Much more flavor and ripeness in the skins due to the drought than I saw last year and it came in slightly riper but still has great (if not better) acid. This is fancy white wine. Opulent. Jazmine and white tea. Orange marmalade and saffron creamsicle. Rocking and rolling right now, but I suspect could be beautiful years down the road. Honestly one of the best white wines I’ve made. -Brent Mayeaux