2020 Lo-Fi Gamay/Pinot
Region: Santa Barbara County < CA
Grapes: 72% Gamay, 28% Pinot NoirVineyard/Cellar Stats: organic farming; 100% whole cluster carbonic fermentation; each varietal was fermented separately and picked at different times. Pumped over once daily after which the top was again sealed and the fermenter was gassed using carbon dioxide; fermentation lasted for 8 days then pressed and racked into vessels for aging. Pinot Noir was tank-aged while the Gamay was aged in neutral French barrels. After 4 months the wines were racked and blended together then put back down into barrel for an additional 3 months; bottled unfined/unfiltered with 25ppm So2; 20 cases made; 12.5% ABV
Winemaker: Mike Roth
Lo-fi is a funky small label from our friends Mike Roth (formerly
Martian Ranch Vineyards winemaker) and his college friend Craig
Winchester in SB county. Their focus is on freshness, delicacy, lower
alcohol levels, and the honesty of vintage variation. Mike says,
“Lo-Fi is less about what it is and more about what it is not. It is
not over manipulated. It is not over extracted. It is not over ripe
and it is not over-priced. Less is more.” Love these guys! You would
too, so if you're ever driving down the 101, pull over in the cutest
little foodie town of Los Alamos and visit them in their tasting room
right on the main strip.
In the meantime, meet your new favorite chillable red, a blend of Gamay and Pinot, both varietals that the Lo-fi guys crush as standalone varietals. But together in this whole cluster, carbonic blend, the two grapes alchemize into a magical potion for contagious happiness and good cheer (at least until the bottle is drained).
High-toned, red-fruited goodness with crunchy cherry berries and a wee bit of earthy funk. Light and dangerously drinkable, especially with a chill. Just don't run out, because you don't want to lose these happy, glowy vibes.