LO-FI WINES, MIKE ROTH & CRAIG WINCHESTER, LOS ALAMOS
Lo-Fi is a partnership between two lifelong friends who believe in hand crafted honest wines that are made for every day drinking. Wines to be enjoyed not to be collected. Easy drinking lower alcohol wines made to pair well with all types of foods. Mike Roth believes in neutral barrels, native yeasts, little to no sulphur additions, and no adjustment of pH. He loves whole cluster fermentation. We adore carbonic maceration and embraces a nothing-added, nothing taken away philosophy that gives birth to wines that are young, vibrant and alive. But in all reality Lo-Fi is less about what it is and more about what it is not.
Gamay Noir comes from Santa Barbara County, Rancho Real and Mullet Vineyards. Both are farmed organically, the grapes are hand-harvested and part de-stemmed. Pumped over once daily, in concrete tank, after which the top was again sealed and the fermenter was gassed using carbon dioxide. No sulfur used at harvest. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic by naturally occurring bacteria. The wine was fermented for eight days then pressed to tank, settled, then racked to barrel the following day. It aged in a mix of old Burgundian barrels (20%) and large neutral 600l demi duids. The wine is light and shows real purity and focus. Delicate red berry fruit, mingle with earthy notes and vivid freshness.