Lo-Fi Wines Santa Barbara Valley Cabernet Franc Clos Mullet 2018
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Lo-Fi’s ethos is to embrace the unpredictable and uncontrollable factors in vintage and vinification, much like an audiophiles derive pleasure from the clicks, pops, and hiss of their favorite vinyl records. The duo behind Lo-Fi, Mike Roth and Craig Winchester, 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. Nothing added and nothing taken away.
Clos Mullet is a single vineyard and the only vineyard that Mike Rothe actually owns. This site tends to make a little more structured/ serious cab franc than any other he works with. Hand harvested and organiclly grown; 100% de-stemmed. Pumped over once daily. No sulfur used at harvest. Fermented on the native yeasts. The wine was fermented for two weeks then pressed to tank, settled, then racked to barrel the following day. Total of 20 ppm so2 added without filtration.