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Lo-Fi Santa Barbara County Cabernet Franc

$34.00

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Vintage: 2022
Region: Santa Barbara, California
Viticulture: Organic
Grape variety: 100% Cabernet Franc

Lo-Fi Santa Barbara County Cabernet Franc is a carbonic red, redolent of juicy red berries and cherries, zippy acidity, and soft tannins. Sourced from two organic vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Hand-harvested, 100% whole cluster carbonic maceration for 12 days in large sealed oak tanks. Daily pump-overs removed any juice. After nearly two weeks, the grapes are pressed and the juice was blended back with the previously removed juice and allowed to complete fermentation. It was then racked into neutral French oak barrels and concrete eggs the following day. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, with 25 ppm of SO².

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Red Berries, Red Cherry, Red Currant

BODY

Medium-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Light

ALCOHOL

12-13%

SWEETNESS

Fruity & Dry

SERVING TEMP

Cool Red and Orange (58°–62°)

SULFUR

Very Low Sulfur (less than 20mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Lo-Fi Santa Barbara County Cabernet Franc

Lo-Fi Santa Barbara County Cabernet Franc is a carbonic red, redolent of juicy red berries and cherries, zippy acidity, and soft tannins. Sourced from two organic vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Hand-harvested, 100% whole cluster carbonic maceration for 12 days in large sealed oak tanks. Daily pump-overs removed any juice. After nearly two weeks, the grapes are pressed and the juice was blended back with the previously removed juice and allowed to complete fermentation. It was then racked into neutral French oak barrels and concrete eggs the following day. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, with 25 ppm of SO².

About Lo-Fi Winery

Lo-Fi is a partnership between two lifelong friends, Mike Roth, and Craig Winchester. Their ethos is to embrace the unpredictable and uncontrollable factors in vintage and vinification, much like audiophiles derive pleasure from the clicks, pops, and hiss of their favorite vinyl records. The duo has built vineyard connections and winemaking chops that put them in a position to deftly guide the fermentation process of these vibrant wines without manipulations or additions. Lo-Fi is marked by easy drinking, low alcohol, neutral barrel—if any—oak, native yeasts, little or no sulfur, or other interventions that hide the fruit or the vintage that spawned it.

Lo-Fi wines began quietly at the time Mike Roth was working at Martian Ranch and Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Roth also had winemaking jobs at Grigich Hills and Saddleback. But one harvest at Martian offered Roth the opportunity to work with some leftover fruit. He wasn’t planning anything serious or long-term, just a glou glou wine for himself and his friends. The project continued with the partnership of Craig Winchester (assistant winemaker at Martian Ranch then) and a few harvests went by with the two making more and more to the point that they had a small inventory of wines. Things were ramping up and the wines were getting really good.

Mike Roth launched Lo-Fi Wines in 2014 and continued production while working as a winemaker with Coquelicot Estate whose wines shared the Lo-Fi spirit. Mike Roth and Craig Winchester continue Lo-Fi Wines as a high-priority passion project and business while maintaining their winemaking “day jobs.” In fact, Roth’s relationship with Coquelicot continues today with the Coquelicot vineyards as the majority source of Lo-Fi’s fruit. Today, the wines of Lo-Fi are vibrant and fun. They are leading the way for a new generation of California winemakers that aren’t seeking points or collectors, but getting back to the roots of what makes wine exciting and enjoyable.

 

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