Amevive, a French term meaning soulful, lively soul, or living soul. The emotional part of human nature, the seat of the feelings or sentiments.
Amevive is the soulful creation of Alice Anderson and her partner Topher de Felice, and is based in Santa Barbara County. It started as a fusion of Northern Rhone classics and has grown to include some Spanish varieties. The wines are made minimally without the addition of anything other than sulfur, bottled unfined and unfiltered, and made with the intent to bridge the gap between a Natural wine and a Classic wine palate. The heart and soul of the project is the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in the Los Olivos AVA. Planted in 1971, own-rooted, and farmed organically since the '90s.
Tempranillo is always the first to ripen at Ibarra-Young. We harvested a few tons of this Pesquera clone to kick off our 2022 vintage. And we definitely drank Champagne! At the winery we processed the Tempranillo using about 40% whole cluster. 7 days after the Tempranillo harvest, I picked a few rows of Graciano to destem on top of the Tempranillo ferment. Graciano adds the acid backbone to Cariño, something that Tempranillo doesn’t typically have on its own. After pressing the ferment in the basket press after about 20 days, Cariño aged in neutral French oak barrels until a month before bottling. The barrels were racked up to tank and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in June of 2023
Tasting notes: A version of Tempranillo you’ve never tried before. Bright, yet moutfilling, and exceptionally balanced. Barely ripe dark berry tart with a nice little grippy finish!