Santa Barbara County, Grenache x Syrah x Mourvèdre
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.
Tasting notes: Red punch, crunchy stem, and fresh white cherries with a little structure to make it complete. Like hiking in the woods on a hot day with a picnic of freshly cut red fruits in your cooler. Chill it down for a refreshing quench post hot day of working outside or sip it for the first red on a night out with people you love. She’ll go anywhere and everywhere.
Art: The fairly unrealistic, yet charming, representation of Calypte anna perched on a vine was painted by my mom, Eileen Anderson. Although Anna’s hummingbirds are quite common around coastal California, they are hard to spot! Partly because the females are way less flashy than this stud of a guy on the front of the Ravie label, but also because they need a good variety of flowers to feed on and nest around. Anna’s hummingbirds are also known for munching on leafhoppers, so if you plant manzanita, currant, and flowering chaparral around your vineyard rows, it could be a happy combination for your vines too! The painting on the back label depicts a variety of native flowers painted by me. Clarkia, tidy tips, fiddleneck, and the mariposa poppy are all fairly common flowers found in the Santa Ynez watershed.
Ingredients: Demeter certified biodynamic Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes, dry farmed and certified organic Syrah grapes, minimal effective sulfites
318 cases produced
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