Hand harvested, 100% whole cluster carbonic fermentation. Pumped over once daily after which the top was again sealed and the fermenter was gassed using carbon dioxide. The fermentation tanks were drained of free run juice after two day soak and again after six days. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic by naturally occurring bacteria. The wine was fermented for 10 days then pressed to tank to complete alcoholic fermentation. Racked twice prior to bottling. Total Of 20 ppm so2 was added without filtration in keeping with our minimalist (lo-fi) philosophy.
Lo-Fi is a partnership between two lifelong friends who believe in hand crafted honest wines that are made for every day drinking. Wines to be enjoyed not to be collected. Easy drinking lower alcohol wines made to pair well with all types of foods, from pizza to paté. We believe in neutral barrels, native yeasts, little to no sulfur additions, and no adjustment of pH. We love whole cluster fermentation. We adore carbonic maceration . We embrace a nothing added, nothing taken away philosophy that gives birth to wines that are young, vibrant and alive. But in all reality Lo-Fi is less about what it is and more about what it is not. It is not over manipulated. It is not over extracted. It is not over ripe and it is not over priced. Less is more. Drink up!- Mike & Craig
100% Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is a french black grape variety and is one of the worlds 20 most planted vines. It does well in cool, inland climates such as the Middle Loire and Libournais. In Bordeaux, plantings of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were almost equal in the 1960s. As less profitable white wine vineyards were replaced with red vines, Cabernet Sauvignon was more frequently chosen, so much so that by 2011 the total area planted area of Cabernet Sauvignon was twice that of Cabernet Franc. As a wine, this grape is usually lighter in color and tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. It is typically light to medium bodied and fruit forward with herbaceous notes. Cabernet Franc wines from Chinon are known for characteristic green pepper notes.
Country: United States
Region: Santa Barbara County (California)
The unique, transverse nature of the valleys of Santa Barbara Wine Country provides a patchwork quilt of micro-climates and terrains, resulting in one of the most diverse grape growing regions in the world. The valleys run an unusual east-west rather than north-south, and both the coastal Santa Ynez Mountain range and the interior San Rafael range are transverse as well.
Six federally-sanctioned American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) lie within the greater AVA of Santa Barbara County: Santa Ynez Valley is an overlying AVA which is then broken down into four sub-AVAs (West to East): Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District, and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara.
Tasting: Jolly rancher cherry fruits on the palate with light tannins on the finish
Pairing: Spicy chicken tacos, jerk spiced duck