Lieu-dit is a French term for a small geographical area bearing a traditional name. The name usually refers to some characteristic of the place, its former use, a past event, etc. In winemaking circles, a lieu-dit has come to mean the smallest piece of land which has a traditional vineyard name assigned to it and in typical usage translates as “vineyard name”.

In this case, Lieu Dit is a partnership of longtime friends Eric Railsback and Justin Willett. The two met in Santa Barbara while Eric was finishing college and Justin was just beginning his career in winemaking. The two were among a small group of young winemakers and restaurateurs in Santa Barbara unified by a common interest in wine and all its mysteries. Both are sommeliers, one of them a star of the new documentary Somm, teach the basics of Santa Barbara’s wine by focusing on three components: grape variety, alcohol level and age.

Lieu Dit 2017 Cabernet Franc “Sans Soufre” Santa Ynez
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The new 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 wine is a pleasure bomb. The 50% whole clusters add nuance, but without being dominant.

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