2019 Lieu Dit Winery Chenin Blanc - Santa Ynez Valley California
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Lieu Dit wines are consciously crafted using old world varietals grown in Santa Barbara, CA.
Lieu Dit is a partnership of long-time friends Eric Railsback and Justin Willett. The two met in Santa Barbara while Eric was finishing college and Justin was just beginning his career in winemaking. After countless bottles shared together and many trips to France, Railsback and Willett decided to found Lieu Dit in 2011 and focus it solely in the varieties indigenous to the Loire Valley, now grown in Santa Barbara County.
"A combination of tank and barrel fermentation was used to produce our Chenin Blanc. The wine then spent seven months in neutral French oak and was racked to stainless steel prior to bottling.
Once pressed, the juice is then tank fermented using only native yeast. The wine overwinters in neutral oak barrels, building complexity, definition and verve. In the spring, the wine is racked back to a stainless tank prior to bottling, resulting in a fresh, mouthwatering wine."
- Eric Railsback
I like this wine, it has a wickedly inviting nose of smoky passionfruit (think grilled) combined with earthy caramelly tropical fruit notes....its a lot but it works. Bright acid balances all the flavours of melon, green apple and lime. Chenin Blanc comes in a variety of guises, and this one definitely works. Bit of a yeah baby moment.