2020 Lieu Dit Winery Cabernet Franc - 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.
"Sourced from own rooted vines planted at the Happy Canyon Vineyard in the east side of the Santa Ynez Valley. The wine is fermented using native yeast. Once dry, we rack the juice and press off the whole cluster lots. The wine is transferred to neutral oak barrels for the winter. Once malo is complete we transfer to tank prior to bottling."
- Eric Railsback
This is one of those wines that just works on so many levels. So many aromas leap from the glass...absolute bliss you could sniff for hours. Plums, violets, macerated blackberries, cassis and olives. Such a beautiful wine. Opulent red fruit...raspberries, strawberries and red cherries dances across the palate. Texturally its just silky elegance wrapped in ever so soft chalky tannins. Bloody lovely.