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.The Syrah is part of the original planting at Ibarra-Young Vineyard, planted in 1971. It is own-rooted, it’s been farmed organically since 1993, and it’s possibly my favorite block-it certainly is the soul of the property! This Syrah block is located on a sandy loam slope in the most fertile section of the vineyard. These vines produce tight and dense clusters averaging the size of your palm. When they are ripe, the cluster’s dainty golden stems pop off with a small tug - you don’t even need sheers to harvest!
The Syrah was harvested in three picks in order to gain depth, acidity, and layers of different tannin structures in the final wine. The first pick was harvested around 20.5B. The second pick was harvested a few days later, and the third a few days after that. All of the picks were fermented 100% whole cluster, solely in open-top barrels this year. My goal was to create a cooler ferment to retain some extra ‘crunch factor,’ but instead, I got a little more structure and probably the biggest Syrah I’ve made from Ibarra Young. I certainly think the vintage played into this too. The three lots were blended about a month before being bottled unfined and unfiltered in June of 2023
Tasting notes: The friend you never want to go home. Caring, funny, inquisitive, genuine. Ripe red fruits, subtle violets, some girth, some grip, this wine will age and cellar exceptionally well.