2021 Âmevive Wine "Ibarra-Young Vineyard" Syrah Estate, Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara, California, USA


The friend you never want to go home. Caring, funny, inquisitive, genuine. Violets, ripe red fruits, lots of acid and grip, this wine will age and cellar exceptionally well.

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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. Can I pick favorites?? 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 two picks in order to gain depth, acidity, and layers of different tannin structures in the final wine. The first pick was harvested around 21B and was fermented 100% whole cluster. The second pick was was harvested 10 days later. Both picks were fermented 100% whole cluster, partially in larger fermentors and partially in open top barrels. The two lots were blended about a month before being bottled unfined and unfiltered in July of 2022.


Âmevive is a small winery and vineyard based in Santa Barbara County. My partner and I farm a historic 10 acre vineyard in Los Olivos District AVA home to Syrah, Mourvedre, and Marsanne planted in 1971. We farm with the environment in mind using biodynamic and regenerative organic practices. We actively rotate chickens, sheep, and ducks throughout the vineyard, and we are completing our 3rd year of no till. I add nothing but occasionally minimal sulfur to my wines and they are always unfined, unfiltered, and made with intention. I like to say that I make natural wines for the classic palette. I'm passionate about the natural world, keeping the wild wild, and making tasty wines that are good for both the planet and our bodies! :) - Alice Anderson


Vintage 2021
Producer Âmevive
Wine Type Red Wine
Grape(s) Syrah
Appellation Los Olivos District
Region California
Country USA
Farming Biodynamic