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Lo-Fi - 'Clos Mullet Estate' - Cabernet Franc - Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, CA - 2019
Lo-Fi - 'Clos Mullet Estate' - Cabernet Franc - Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, CA - 2019
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Lo-Fi - 'Clos Mullet Estate' - Cabernet Franc - Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, CA - 2019

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A terrifically funky take on lean yet juicy Loire Valley Cabernet Franc from the fun fellows at Lo-Fi. this is one for you adventure seeking nature heads out there!


One of the three Cabernet Francs that we normally produce every vintage. The darkest and most savory of them all and from our home vineyard in Los Alamos.
Hand harvested and organiclly grown; 100% de-stemmed. Pumped over once daily. No sulfur used at harvest. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic by naturally occurring bacteria. The wine was fermented for two weeks then pressed to tank, settled, then racked to barrel the following day. Total of 25 ppm so2 added without filtration in keeping with our minimalist (lo-fi) philosophy.

  • Clone: Loire clone 214. Own rooted
  • Vineyard: Clos Mullet (5′ x 5′), Los Alamos, CA
  • Soil Series: Chamis Shaley Loam
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Harvest date:
  • Brix at harvest:
  • Fermentation: Barrel fermented in neutral French oak 228l barriques.
  • Barrels: 100% french oak barrels (four or more years old)
  • Aging: Ten months in barrel
  • Production: 388 Cases

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.

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 Saddelback. But one harvest at Martian offered Roth the opportunity to work with some left over fruit. He wasn’t planning anything serious or long-term, just a glou-glou wine for himself and 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 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 make wine exciting and enjoyable.
- T. Edwards Wine

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