2015 Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc
"Lieu Dit is a project headed by Justin Willett of Tyler Wines and Eric Railsback, former lead sommelier at Michael Mina's RN74.
“I like the leaner style - the bright mineral side. Richer wines have been the notion of California for the last twenty years. But… it’s refreshing to make wines that have a little more restraint.” - Justin Willet
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. The varied micro-climates and marine based soils of Santa Barbara County are ideally suited to this set of grapes. Lieu Dit centers on Sauvignon Blanc and more limited bottlings of Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Rose and produces around 2500 cases annually. Each vintage, the quest for purity, elegance, and balance in every wine is paramount.
From old chenin vines planted in the early 80’s on very sandy soils in the Foxen Canyon district of the Santa Ynez Valley. Tank fermented, then transferred to neutral wood for the winter. Then racked to tank for a few months prior to bottling." - Winery