VIE Winery - 2006 “Les Amours” Syrah


Only 150 Cases Produced

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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

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Tasting Notes - 2006 “Les Amours” Syrah from VIE Winery

We were unable to taste this wine due to the limited production of this wine and timing of this promotion.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 87% Syrah, Thompson & White Hawk Vineyard, 12% Mourvèdre, Alta Mesa Vineyard, 1% Grenache, Alta Mesa Vineyard
Appelation Thompson, White Hawk and Alta Mesa Vineyards in Santa Barbara County
Harvest Dates Syrah: October 29 and November 4 2006; Mourvedre: October 14, 2006; Grenache: October 16, 2006
Yeast None, native wild yeast on grape skins
Fermentation White Halk Syrah co-fermented with Viognier, half of the Syrah was fermented with a submerged cap and the other half using traditional punch downs.
Aging / Cooperage 18 months in French Oak Barrels, 33% New
Alcohol 14.5% by volume
Sugar at Harvest Syrah 26.7 degrees Brix; Mourvedre 25.92 degrees Brix; Grenache 26.1 degrees Brix

Technical Notes - 06 “Les Amours” Syrah

Thompson Vineyard Syrah comes from the Estrella River clone (also known as the Alban Hermitage clone). This clone of Syrah produces big meaty, leathery, earthy characteristics that I love, so I do not co-ferment this Syrah with Viognier like I do most others. In 2006, half of the Thompson Syrah was fermented with a submerged cap and the other half using traditional punch downs. All of our fermentations utilize native yeast to help us capture the true characteristics of each vineyard. A new medium toast Remond barrel from the Allier forest in France and the rest was aged in neutral French oak.

White Hawk Syrah comes from the Davis Clone 1 of Syrah and was co-fermented with 3% Viognier in 2006. half of the Thompson Syrah was fermented with a submerged cap and the other half using traditional punch downs. A new medium toast Demptos barrel from the Les Bertranges forest in France and the rest was aged in neutral French oak.

Alta Mesa Vineyard Mourvedre As in all of our wines, Mourvedre was sorted and destemed, but not crushed as we ferment whole berry. This often requires more aggressive punch downs during fermentation to break up the berries slowly, but, with Mourvedre, we take extra care not to aggressively punch down as the seeds of Mourvedre are very green and tannic and the berries have no problem breaking down during the fermentation process. Like our Grenache, all of our Mourvedre is aged in neutral oak barrels as to allow the fruit to purely come out on the palate.

The Grenache from Alta Mesa was almost perfect in 2006. Small berries, lose, small clusters. It almost looked like Pinot Noir. We did an extended cold soak on the Grenache and brought it up to temperature slowly for the fermentation. Aggressive punch downs where used at times when there was a lot of activity. Once dry, we extended the maceration for an additional five days. All neutral French oak barrels were used for aging.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes - 06 “Les Amours” Syrah

Our 2006 “Les Amours” Syrah has a rich dark red and black color in the glass with meaty, earthy note in the nose coupled with a bright white pepper spice. On the palate, this wine show nice black cherry fruit and asian spices with a balanced structure and good acidity and tannins that extend a long, elegant finish in the mouth. Cellar this wine for 1-2 years and enjoy it for 8-10 more years.

About Vie Winery

Vie uses traditional “old world” family winemaking techniques to ensure that the unique qualities of the grapes are reflected in the wine, thus making each bottle a unique drinking experience. While these techniques take more time and produce less wine, the end result is a wine that can be enjoyed now as well as cellared for many years to come.

Vie comes from the Old French word meaning "to invite" or "to give occasion for". Or, in French today, it is simply translated "Life". With friends, with experiences, with everyday life – get the most out of life! We at Vie Winery embrace this philosophy and hope that you can experience this through our wines. Make an occasion to enjoy Vie with friends. Enjoy Vie! Enjoy Life.

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