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.
Ravie is a blend of Grenache from Alisos Canyon, Syrah from a dry-farmed vineyard called Tres Hermanas, and Mourvèdre from Martian Ranch Vineyard in Alisos Canyon. A fun and probably atypical expression of a Santa Barbara County GSM. The word ‘ravie’ translates to the feminine version of ‘delighted’ in French. I giggle a little reminiscing on learning French during my time in France. I learned a very rustic version of French while working in the countryside and when I would go down to the south of France to visit my friends and chat with them, or worse, their parents, they would completely cringe at the inappropriate French I would confidently say in my silly American accent. Anyway, they tried their best to present me with a more polite vocabulary. This wine is an ode to all of the good laughs we’ve had together while speaking each other's native tongues.
The Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre were harvested and fermented separately with different percentages of whole cluster. All of the components were pressed in the basket press and aged separately in neutral French oak until about a month before bottling. At that time, the final blend was made. Ravie rested as its final blend for about a month in tank before being bottled unfined and unfiltered in July of 2022. The final blend is 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre - it is about 80% whole cluster in total.