2016 Lieu Dit "Sans Soufre" Santa Maria Valley Cabernet Franc

SKU #1369136 94 points Vinous

 The 2016 Cabernet Franc Sans Soufre is one of the most impressive wines I have ever tasted from Lieu Dit. An infusion of dark fruit, lavender, mocha and spice makes a strong first impression. Deep, powerful and voluptuous, with tons of pure Cabernet Franc character, the 2016 is a pleasure bomb. The 50% whole clusters add nuance, but without being dominant. Readers who can find the 2016 should not hesitate, as it is arrestingly beautiful and impossible to resist. (AG)  (9/2017)

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*Natural Wine*


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By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2018 | Send Email
No sulfur? When eliminating sulfur from the winemaking process, there is an element of unpredictability of outcome. In the case of the Lieu Dit "Sans Soufre" Cabernet Franc, nature's efforts have produced a truly beautiful result! Clean, ripe aromas of raspberry, tobacco leaf and subtle strawberry lift from the glass, with a slightly brackish undertone reflective of the coastal terroir. The palate is light, though juicy midpalate, with fine tannins and a mineral driven finish. This is an example of what really excellent natural winemaking looks like.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.